One of the most famous wine names in the world, Chablis has suffered
from many imitators. 50 years ago there were just 400ha of vineyards in
Chablis, but today there are 4,900ha. Both the generic and premier cru
vineyards have doubled since the early 1970s and now includes areas of
Portlandian as well as traditional Kimmeridgian clay.
Being further north than the rest of Burgundy, and on a different version of
limestone (Kimmeridgian, with some Portlandian), the wines are subtly different
in style - a touch more austere with a beautiful fresh minerality which makes
them so good with seafood. Purists think that only the Kimmeridgian soils, with
traces of marine fossils, should be used.
Outlying (Portlandian) vineyards are designated as Petit Chablis. The vast majority of production is
classified as Chablis, without any vineyard name, while 40 vineyards are
classified as premier cru. However several of these are grouped together to
make 11 more commonly used premier cru designations. The 7 grand crus are in a
group together overlooking the town of Chablis and the River Serein.
- 622 hectares of Petit Chablis.
- 3,780 hectares of Chablis and Chablis
premier cru vineyards (40 in all). Best vineyards include:
Fourchaumes, Montmains, Mont de Milieu, Montée
de Tonnerre, Vaillons, Vaucoupin.
- 103 hectares of grand cru vineyards
(7 in all). Blanchots, Bougros, Les Clos,
Grenouilles, Preuses, Valmur, Vaudésir.
- Recommended Producers: Bessin, Billaud Simon, Dauvissat, Defaix, Droin, Fevre, Picq, Seguinot-Bordet