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Chablis, the lay of the land


(posted 2/6/2012)

Chablis is the northern most appellation of the Burgundy wine growing region in France. Limestone and aspect are the keys to Grand Cru, Premier Cru, or the rest of the land in Chablis. Learn the basic information about this world famous land of chardonnay.

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Drouhin Chablis Domaine Vaudon 2008 
Characteristics: Style and elegance and lemon curd and pure Chardonnay fruit and all that there is to love about the distinctive marine-shell laden earth from which these grapes grow. The Drouhin family continues to impress by letting the fruit and the earth speak for itself. This wine has a long self-confident finish that satisfies for minutes.
- wine tasting note by JN, 9/7/12

The Drouhins' have very large holdings in Chablis. This is the Reserve Vaudon Chablis which is the best parcells of village Chablis. It is brilliant straw in colour, the nose is Chablis and more. The minerality that is prominent in the 2008 premier and grand cru is more restrained here; there is surprisingly effusive and totally charming fruit in the bouquet; white flowers and freshly sliced Bosc pear(Pyrus communis). In the mouth it is more 2008, lemon grass that I have found in many of these wines but here it is a bit more forward in the mouth. Then the marvelous exciting stimulating acidity, as bracing as a mitten full of snow in the face.
- Wine review by LAC (July, 2010)
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $264.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Drouhin Chablis Premier Cru 2009 
Characteristics: Heaven help me. I swallow this wine and cannot help but take pause. I wonder if Chablis might have just become my deserted island wine. With mineral notes and lemon rinds this is certainly focused but with polish and a rounded mouthfeel; this is textural and hedonistic without curving all the edges. This wine is exhilarating –like the company of a charismatic friend whose ideas you love to hear and yearn to be a part of. 2009 is certainly a comfy vintage with plush comfort in terms of Chablis and yet this is still bounding with all the agility of Chablissiene limestone. This is the happy result of gifted terroir combined with the generous sunshine of a fine vintage –and despite the ripe fruit, like all Drouhin’s Chablis I have enjoyed this season, this too weighs in at a pristine 12.5% alcohol. Imagine how happy I’d be hopping between Chincoteague and Prince Edward Island with cases of this and a broad smile on my face. I guess if my deserted island included the company of plentiful Malpeques, this would certainly be the bottle for me.
Wine review by Nicholas D. Livingston, September 2011
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $360.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Gr Cru 2007 
Characteristics: The southern portion of Burgundy, the Cotes du Beaune is home to the other great Chardonnay wines in the world; Chablis is the other. The wine is generally aged in oak barrels and the fruit is usually riper giving fuller, rounder wines. Sites within the commune vary dramatically in quality and prices. The wines at Premier Cru level and above should be nutty, buttery and toasty, but with racy acidity and often hints of unusual mineral and stony flavours. These are white wines that can reward cellaring for between 5 and 15 years.
Origin: France - Chablis
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $936.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Gr Cru 2008 
Characteristics: Ten years prior in 1998 Fevre was the first estate to use Bougerots & Vaulorent. Bougros Cotes Bougerots achieves its character from steep southerly exposure above the limestone beds of the Serien that casts the die of the finest wines of Chablis. Winemaker Didier Séguier, was quick to point out the “dry minerality, pure richness, and high aging potential.” Meanwhile I savored its lime and lanolin, iodine and limey flinty aromas on the taut promising palate. Didier’s words grounded me from the reverie in this glass explaining how this is a “masculine wine with a core of richness but never heavy because Chablis can keep freshness and elegance.” A visit to Chablis could convert any skeptic of terroir and forever change their course in life.
Wine review from Chablis by Nicholas Livingston
Origin: France - Chablis
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $800.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux 2009 
Characteristics: Pure Chardonnay. Pale straw to the eye. Discrete tropical aromas. Racy acidity in the mouth - green apples, citrus, minerals - non overwhelming. Very pleasurable. Did I mention pure Chardonnay?
- Wine Tasting note by JN, May 2011
Origin: France - Chablis
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $240.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Fevre Chablis Montmains 2007 
Characteristics: Domaine Fevre has become recognized as one of the top producers of Chablis vintage after vintage, producing Chardonnay’s in several different vineyards. The 2007 Montmains in its current stage is very assertive, showing more taught acidity than its fleshiness, intriguing smoke and intense fruit. These qualities should become more apparent in the coming months. The reward for waiting for this wine to fully arrive will be well worth it! -CM, March '09
Origin: France - Chablis
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $368.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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