‘I don’t like Chardonnay, I like Chablis.’ 

Chablis is one of the most recognized wine names, even if many are unaware that the grape is the much maligned Chardonnay. 

Chablis is a northern outpost of the Burgundy region in France and known for mineral, citrus, racy wines. 

The top quality level is the appellation Grand Cru – wines from an area comprising 7 named vineyard ‘climats’ – Les Bougros, Les Preuses, Vaudesir, Les Grenouilles, Valmur, Les Clos and Blanchot

Restrained oak is usually used – barrel fermentation and ageing – giving complexity, gentle spice and rounding off the bracing freshness.

Many different families and companies own plots here so you will see the vineyard names under numerous producers. 

Chablis Grand Cru is never cheap but offers one of the finest, purest expressions in Burgundy for those who love Chardonnay and those who didn’t realise they did. 

For info about Chablis Grand Cru, see here.  For info on the area see The Wine Doctor here

All wine shops and supermarkets have Chablis on the shelves. Co-op currently has a very well made example under £10. For a wide range of exciting Chablis, visit highly regarded indie in Kensington, Roberson.

To read about the wines of Burgundy, see UK critics Jancis Robinson MW and Tim Atkin MW’s websites.

(photo – Wet Foto / Flickr Creative Commons)

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