White Burgundy: Caves de Bailly

Located in the ancient underground quarries in Bailly in the Auxerre region of France, just a few kilometres southwest of the village of Chablis. Caves de Bailly has over 80 independent wine growers who have pooled resources in order to offer the best wines possible with the most modern equipment. The Vignoble Auxerrois grows three primary grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, (see Crémant de Bourgogne) and Sauvignon Blanc.

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    Since the area is remote compared to other wine producing regions, it did not get affected by the phylloxera until the 1950s and 1960s. Bordeaux and Burgundy, however, began to be affected in the late 1800s, so the problem was well known by the time it hit Chablis and Auxerre. The winegrowers there always had a problem getting chardonnay to ripen most years, and so asked the Institute d’Appellations d’Origine if they could plant Sauvignon Blanc instead and try it, since Sauvignon, if a little unripe, still made a nice wine, lighter but with a little more aromatics. They were given permission to try and this is the result! Another interesting fact is that, as the crow flies, this is closer to Pouilly Fumé and Sancerre than Beaune, by more than 40 miles! This appellation wine is the only Sauvignon Blanc allowed to be grown in Burgundy. Previously kept for the locals, this delicious wine’s grapes are grown on a marly soil very similar to its neighbor Chablis (it’s only 35 miles away from Pouilly-Fumé, too). The result is a Sauvignon Blanc that has the richness of flavor and mineral character of Chablis! “Moderately aromatic nose of mineral, gooseberry, and lemon, with a mid-palate of wet stone and citrus. Long finish, balanced and crisp.”

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