If you refer to my last post on Petit Chablis you’ll remember ( won’t you ) that Petit Chablis lies on the outskirts of Chablis itself. Not on the best sites, not on the best vistas and certainly not on the most expensive corner of your wallet 😜
Something to help you with !!
Chablis is probably one of the most pretentious topics for wine.
Don’t be put off by all the information, all the jargon its very easy
Chablis is a Chardonnay grape full of ………..
with a healthy amount of minerality (think of licking these)
Then you have Chablis.
Wine is not a stuffy subject. WE make it that way!!!
Chablis is different from Petit Chablis in that it has minerality (when you were a boy at school you liked the pebbles or licked your knife at lunch.(i never did and still don’t) For the ladies its the smell tarmac after a downpour on a warm summers day) It has green apples and citrus (limes and /or lemons) SEE ABOVE as its primary characteristic and it is very fresh and crisp
It has very little or no oak influence (contact with the barrels is very very minimal ) So much so it is made in stainless steel tanks (see below)
The Chablis region is the northernmost wine district of the Burgundy region in France.
The cool climate produces wines with more acidity (refreshing mouth feel ) These wines often have a “flinty” note and sometimes “steely”. The grapevines around the town of Chablis make a dry white wine renowned for the clean aroma and taste directly in opposition to the rest of the white wines in the village,
There is an important process that is present in Chablis but for now it doesn’t really appear in Petit Chablis or Chablis. Malolactic fermentation will be discussed in parts 3 and 4 of the series. Dont worry it wont be stuffy, pompous or hard to digest !!! But it does describe why Chablis Premier Cru and Chablis Grand Cru have their distinct characteristics
3 Suggestions for Chablis-
please view thegrapewizard vintage chart for best years for Chablis then search the wonderful internet for a Chablis 2010
The ageing potential of Chablis is for the following from year of vintage
Petit chablis 0-2 1/2 years
Chablis 2-5 years
Chablis Premier Cru 4-8 years
Chablis Grand Cru 8-12 years
Obviously there are some exceptions but as a general rule these should be followed
One’s to buy now
In order of grape wizard scores (scores taken from wine critics and assesed by myself) to give the best vintages.
Click on the link below for all chablis producers
If in doubt with any wine please click on this link The Grape Wizard. I can tell you anything you need to know. just ask.
One thing that you do need to know about is that in the next two blogs i will be highlighting Premier Cru and Grand Cru. Both these classification have, on the wine labels the area within Chablis. They all vary in flavour and characteristic but Chablis, from one area of the village, will be consistent from one year to the next. In effect defining an area. I will of course describe this in more detail in later posts !!
If you examine all the points raised above you will be better informed and can make some wise choices. So use the Vintage Chart, use the characteristics when tasting and just experiment with just Chablis for a while. You will gain an understanding of minerality and will appreciate that Chardonnay isnt that bad after all……..
So what you need to know
Chablis is fresh crisp and citrussy with a good hint on minerality.
Pair it with tomatoes, Some Hams
Goes very well with clean white fish (Salmon Bass and Skate) and Shellfish
Music Pairing Bruce Hornsby and the Range
Unstuffy and Chilled !!