White Burgundy: La Chablisienne

The Chablis vineyards are some of the oldest vineyards in France. In the Celtic era, this wine was already being served on the banks of the Serein River. Although Chablis is the largest appellation, its production is limited. Despite being one of the most famous and most imitated French wines, Chablis remains a rare wine in all senses of the term. Harsh climate, spring frosts, and hailstorms are but a few hazards to overcome in creating this legendary wine.

  • Chablis Grand Cru Chateau Grenouilles

    The Château Grenouilles estate is an exceptional property unique in Chablis. Situated in the heart of the Grands Crus vineyards at the foot of the Grenouilles hillside, its 7.2 hectares (some 18 acres) form one superbly exposed single plot facing south-west towards the village and produce the rarest of Chablis Grands Crus: Les Grenouilles. This Château Grenouilles is made from selected sections carrying the oldest vines in the vineyard and the wine allies a nose with great definition to an aromatic purity in the mouth, a harmony of power and finesse and a very long finish. Blessed with enormous potential for keeping, it is a statement of what a great Chablis vin de terroir is. The Château’s second wine, “Le Fief de Grenouilles”, illustrates to perfection the style of Grenouilles’s terroir. The harvest from vines more than thirty five years old gives a wine that is a perfect expression of generosity, harmony between structure and elegance and the mineral edge of a Chablis Grand Cru.

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    • Chablis 1er Cru Fourchame

      An encounter with the thirteen different terroirs of the “Chablis Premier Crus”, situated on both banks of the Serein, provides an understanding of the great Kimmeridgian terroirs in Chablis. The vineyards of the Premiers Crus flourish on superbly exposed south-east and south-west facing slopes, bringing to each wine its own unique personality. Thus, certain Premiers Crus such as the Montée de Tonnerre or Côte de Léchet are fine and mineral whereas others, for example the Beauroy, are softer and more fruity, or floral and full-fleshed like the Fourchaume. Chablis Premier Crus reach their full splendour in six to eight years.

      The soil and subsoil of the Fourchaume 1er Cru vineyards are from the Upper and Middle Kimmeridgian periods of the Jurassic era, and consist of alternating limestone and marl with fossilized Exogyra virgula, an extinct saltwater clam that made up this seabed. The same soil exists in the appellation Saint Bris, 11 kilometers to the southwest. The vineyard faces the southeast, with the vines averaging 25 years of age. The vinification is with native yeast, with cold settling prior to fermentation. Both the yeast and malolactic fermentations proceed in tanks and small barrels for 15 months before bottling.

      Light yellow-golden in color, with a bouquet of lemon and honey, with hints of the oak barrels. Explosive in the mouth with a subtle butteriness, flatteringly round and textured on the palate, this is a textbook Fourchaume. Powerful and balanced, this is a flattering expression of Chablis.

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      • Chablis La Pierrelee

        From the well-known producer ‘La Chablisienne’ come these excellent wines. La Chablisienne has vineyards in all of the Chablis appellations, and has many accolades in France. This wine is produced from a number of Chablis vineyards. This is a beautiful Chablis, walking the tightrope between the structured and minerally classic Chablis, and the fruity, expressive and balanced modern Chablis. It is medium bodied, with no oak to impede the expression of pure Chardonnay fruit, round and textured, with hints of green apple leading to a minerally mid-palate, with more fruit and a crisp and lengthy finish. A Chardonnay that cries out for oysters, fish or shellfish.

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        • Petit Chablis Pas Si Petit

          This Petit Chablis is a great value for the money, as it is ready to drink ahead of the regular Chablis, and is usually a little rounder, too. And at a lower price, it moves out the door more quickly. “An aromatic nose of mineral and tropical preserved fruits, lemon confit, with a round mid-palate, mineral tones and a very pleasant Chardonnay finish…drink this while you wait for your bigger Chablis to age.”

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