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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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  • Lenoir Grape

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

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  • Domaine de Chantemerle

    OCCUPATION What is a wine-maker! His occupation defines him: he cultivates his vines, works the s...

  • Domaine de la Meuliere

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

  • Domain Jean-Marc Brocard

    Jean-Marc Brocard's origins lie in the Côte d'Or. For he is a farmer's son from the village of Ch...

  • G&G co

    Adventurewines brings the best wine making from South America. We work closely with family vineya...

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Chablis on Snooth

  • Okay, SIWBM bites the dust.  Bought a half case of Stonestreet's 2012 ... ... $25 or so, 2x2010 La Chablisienne Fourchaumes Les Vaulorents Chablis 1er, 2007 Bergstrom Dr. Bergstrom Riesling (Oregon, a total crap shoot at like $13), 2012 Fratelli Giacosa Roero Arneis at $10.  Second Arneis I've bought recently--I had a fantastic Arneis from Br... Read More

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  • Yeah, I'm sure that many you guys and gals are tired of me raving about ... but this one reminds me of a Chablis.  Fresh, light, slightly tart.  The closest thing to fruit flavor is Granny Smith apples.  Light on the oak.  You know it's been there, but, thankfully, this is not a big vanilla-laced thing that is so easy to find in California.Oh,... Read More

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  • L V - That Wine Folly virtual tasting was quite good, maybe as good as some of ... selected a wonderful 2014 Chablis (Chardonnay) to pair with Sandra's Rock Fish and my Pork Chop.  Following the wonderful meal, we attended a ballet - The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.  There were four dances, 'Walpurgisnacht Ballet', 'A Midsummer Night's Dream, act I... Read More

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  • I opened a nice lightly oaked Chardonnay that we picked up from Muse Vineyards ... ... rare examples of sur lie Chablis.) Medium acidity, notes of honey and pear underlie hints of French oak and butter. All of this combines in a delicate and expressive example of Virginia Chardonnay.&quo Read More

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  • Really nice Southern Italian (Puglia) white made from the fairly rare verdeca ... ... between a Sancerre and a Chablis to try and see where this flavor profile fall Read More

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  • William Fevre Champ Royaux Chablis 2011


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    Wine review by smuratore

  • Saturday night found us enjoying another bottle of wine, this time at Proof in ... white Burgundy -  2013 Chablis (Chardonnay) Vieillis Vignes from Closerie Des Alisiers.  It was $60 for the bottle, about twice the retail price.  I asked about the corkage fee and it's $40 at this restaurant.  The wine was delightful and in fact a very good pai... Read More

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  • Domaine d'Elise Petit Chablis Ac Cl 2011


    I bought this bottle of wine from a wine merchant in Sussex [ ... ] for £12. The Chablis AOC was created in 1938 [ although viticulture in the area goes back to at least the Romans ] for dry white wines made of the chardonnay grape from around the village of that name about 10 miles east of the small town of Auxerre in northern Burgundy.The Pe... Read More

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  • OK Mark, here's my notes on this Moschofilero:Interesting Greek white made ... a simple but somewhat salty chabli Read More

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  • Domaine Costal Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons 2013


    Really nice chablis. Plenty of lemon cream, green pear, decent acidity and a bit of salinity on the medium to medium-long finish. I like this wine but it seems to be just a touch flat, may need some more time in bottle to bring out some complexity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

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