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Chablis is located well north of the rest of Burgundy. Some say that, though the Chardonnay grape is one of the most widely planted in the world, it is here, on the Kimmeridgian (and Portlandian) soil of Chablis, that it finds the greatest harmony with its terroir. The soil is named after the Dorset village of Kimmeridge, where one also finds this interesting geological formation. The village also gives its name to the period. Kimmeridgian soil is basically a mixture of limestone and clay with billions of tiny, fossilized oyster shells, hence the common recommendation to pair Chablis with shellfish.

The cool climate typically produces lean, steely, uniquely mineral wines that are capable of very long aging. Some producers use oak; some do not. Each has its defenders.

Chablis has seven Grands Crus. The are Les Clos, Blanchots, Bougros, Vaudesir, Valmur, Preuses, and Grenouilles. Then, there is La Moutonne, which is not officially a Grand Cru, but the general consensus is that it should Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

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  • Chardonnay

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Domaine de la Meuliere

    This traditional family of independant wine-growers has been producing great chablis wines since ...

  • Domain Jean-Marc Brocard

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  • Domaine de Chantemerle

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Chablis on Snooth

  • Your last line is paramount.  Though there is no data that I could dig out ... to show:Domaine Laroche - Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes 2010 -  The grapes were pressed in a stainless steel pneumatic press and settled for 12 hours. Fermentation took place over three weeks at 17°C. 15% of the wine was fermented and aged in French oa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question


  • William Fevre Champs Royaux Chablis 2014

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    Had this at lunch at Ocean Prime in Dallas. A typical, but in a very good way, French Chablis. Citrus with a bright acidity and pleasant minerality, a bit of spice, and a slight bit of oak. Very well balanced with a long smooth finish. Would definitely consider this as a daily drinker. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Domaine de Vauroux Chablis Premier Cru Montee de Tonnerre 2010

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • What D said.Stainless steel wasn't even available until the 1960s. Chateau ... was in the early 1960s.So Chablis was not "traditionally" fermented in stainless steel at all. Maybe in old oak barrels, which don't impart a lot of oak flavor, but not stainless steel. Unless "tradition" is only like forty or fifty years.&nbs Read More

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  • "Stainless steel wasn't even available until the 1960s"Good point ... help but wonder if anyone in Chablis every played around with cement or ceramic...      An announcement, as it appeared in the 1915 New York Times, of the development of stainless steel[22]The corrosion resistance of iron-chromium alloys was first recognized in 1821 by French... Read More

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  • Utter, unmitigated rubbish, not to put too fine a point on it.Chablis has been a hotbed of oak vs steel controversy for three decades now (notice that's only the tip of the iceberg in historical terms for the region--before that, plenty of oak). Major figures lead the attack from both sides of the divide, trying to make names for themselves. At ... Read More

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  • A few days ago I participated in a tasting/pairing event that featured white ... wines. One of the wines was Chablis, and, while discussing this one, the facilitator stated that it was fermented in steel and had never seen oak.  I asked if that was common for the region and he responded that it was absolutely the case, and was so for all white... Read More

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  • We had a white wine from Viserny last week. That's Viserny there in the ... ... To the west there's Chablis, and Chablis too is special. But rewind 150 years to a time when commerce for wine was driven by quantity, not quality. Those famous few vineyards were known and prized, but wine for the most part was made by farmers for whom viticultur... Read More

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  • Domaine du Val Grevin 'Les Dannots ' Vieilles Vignes Bourgogne Epineuil 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington [www.thesampler.co.uk]. In 1993 the commune of Epineuil in northern Burgundy located just north of Tonnerre about 20 miles east of Auxerre was given the official right to add its name to that of Bourgogne on wine labels although this had actually been going on since the 1930's.My bo... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chablis les Clos Rene et Vincent Dauvissat 2008

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    Wine review by Teppo


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