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We are breaking down everything you really need to know about Chablis, and it will take you only 2 minutes to learn it.
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C͟H͟A͟B͟L͟I͟S͟- Pronounced 𝑺𝒉𝒂-𝑩𝒍𝒆𝒆
It is the most northern region in Burgundy, France that focuses on the single grape varietal, Chardonnay, making it always a white wine.
The people of Burgundy prefer to call the region Bourgogne
and you will eventually only hear it called that in years to come.
So when someone says, “Do you drink Chablis?” You know they mean, do you drink Chardonnay from specific area of Burgundy, France.
The wines are known for the purest expression of Chardonnay, and have unique tastes of their location, like you can literally taste salty rocks in a Chablis. They use little oak, and have high acidity with typical citrus or stone fruit notes, floral, and salinity.
Chablis tastes different than other Chardonnays due to its SOIL. This is called Kimmeridgian Soil made up of limestone and sea fossils due to its history of once being underwater. When you go to the vineyards of Chablis, you can literally pick up a rock in the soil and it will have tiny sea fossils in it.
There are 4 main tiers of Chablis, that will showcase slightly different styles, but ultimately different prices, so look for these on the bottle:
▫️Petit Chablis - $20
Approachable, light, and easy to drink.
Great on its own, and pairs well with goat cheese, mussels, and quiche.
The heart and soul of Chablis.
Purity, minerality, crispness.
Pairs well with oysters and sushi, but very versatile and will highlight dishes without overpowering them.
▫️Chablis Premier Cru- $40+
Premier Cru means the grapes are located on the best plots in Chablis, on slopes with the best positioning for sunlight.
There are 40 Premier Cru plots called Climate.
More body and structure due to more sunlight exposure.
Sophisticated with a high reputation.
Pairs well with poultry in creamy sauces, cooked oysters, scallops and poached fish.
▫️Chablis Grand Cru- $60+
There are 7 Grand Cru Climats and all are on a single slope overlooking the village of Chabis. This is the best slope in all of Chablis.
Emotion and Strength, wines from the ripest grapes, and can age for decades.
Age minimum- bottles must age until March 15th following the harvest.
Pairs well with lobster, langoustines, anything in a cream or buttery sauce, white meat, foie gras