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Chablis (France)

Chablis is a dry Chardonnay from the Chablis area in Burgundy.

Typical Flavors


Lemon
Lemon
Lime
Lime
Apple
Apple
Mineral
Flint

Citrus and Green Apple flavors are typical for Chablis.

Notes of "Flinty" Minerals.

Profile

Chablis is light, dry, and crispy:

SUGARDry
BODYLight
FRUITLow
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperature:
8-10°C (46-50°F)
Grand Cru 10-12°C (50-54°F)

Food Pairing


Aperitif
Aperitif
Oysters
Oysters
Shrimps
Shrimps
Crab
Seafood

Fish
Fish
Chicken
Chicken
Chips
Chips
Soft Cheese
Soft Cheese

Chablis pairs best with Seafood, Fried Fish, and Fried Chicken.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Oysters. Mussels.
Clams. Shrimps.
Plain Fish. Sea Bass.
Fried Fish. French Fries.
Fish and Chips.

Cheese:
Goat Cheese. Feta. Robiola.
Soft Cheese. Washed-Rind Cheeses.
Burgundy Cheese. Epoisses. Soumaintrain.

French Specialities:
Snails or Prawns with Garlic.
Fried Chicken with French Fries.

If You Like Chablis

You Will Also Like:

Arinto (Portugal)
Bourgogne Blanc (France)
Chablis (France)
Chardonnay (Unoaked)
Muscadet (France)
Pinot Grigio (Italy)
Picapoll (Spain)
Piquepoul (France)
Txakoli (Spain)
Vinho Verde (Portugal)

The Ideal Glass

A Tulip Shaped glass is the best choice for a dry white wine.

It guides the wine to the center of your mouth, avoiding the sides, where acidity is less pleasant.

A smaller bowl also helps to serve smaller quantities, and keep the wine cold.

Remember to hold the glass by the stem!

About Chablis

All Chablis wines are based on the Chardonnay grape.

The cool climate in Chablis produces wines with more acidity and less flavors than Chardonnay wines grown in warmer climates.

The balance of clay and limestone plays an important role in the flavors of Chablis.

Chablis wines often have a "flinty" and "steely" note.

Chablis is typically unoaked to preserve the expression of the terroir.

Chablis Premier Cru and Chablis Grand Cru can be oaked.

Traditionally the wines from Chablis were sent to the capita, Paris, in old barrels by boat. The empty barrels were returned to be filled again. That's why there is no tradition for new oak in Chablis.

By contrast, in Meursault, the barrels of wine were not returned and new oak barrels were needed to keep the trade going.

Today, in Meursault, the new oak barrel tradition continues.

Both Chablis and Meursault are Chardonnay but the stamp of place creates 2 very different wines.

Petit Chablis

Petit Chablis is an AOC for wines produced in Chablis and the surrounding communes.

Petit Chablis grows in soil with lower limestone content than Chablis and Chablis Crus.

Bourgogne (Burgundy)

Bourgogne has 5 wine-producing regions: Chablis Grand Auxerrois, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais and Châtillonnais.

Burgundy

Primary Grapes:

60% Pinot Noir
35% Chardonnay

The vineyards of Bourgogne stretch over 230 km from North to South.

The presence of two great rivers: Yonne in the North and Saône in the East and a temperate semi-continental climate, make it the perfect place to cultivate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.

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