The wine industry its own language and you may want to become fluent, to collect wine like a pro. Many insiders often refer to wines by the name of the region they’re produced in, with Chablis being a classic example. If you’re curious read on, as Ideal Wine Company introduces you to Chablis wines.
We use “Chablis” for wines made in Burgundy’s most northerly wine region, appropriately called Chablis. People have been making wine here since medieval times and over the centuries, Chablis has become one of the world’s most famous wine regions, boasting 4,900 hectares of vineyards.
Chablis experiences the perfect summers for wine-making. But it sees poor spring and autumn weather, which can pose difficulties for growing grapes here. The region is really known for its brilliant Chardonnay grapes and it’s an ‘Appellation d’Origine Controlee.’ This means that wine’s bearing the name ‘Chablis’ must be made under certain conditions e.g. they must be 100% Chardonnay.
Chablis wines are 100% Chardonnay, dry white wines. They typically taste different to most Chardonnays you’ll encounter, because unlike their cousins, Chablis’ are typically not aged in oak barrels, bringing about taste and style variations. Chablis are often highly acidic and are especially known for their flint-like minerality, which comes about due to the region’s limestone soil makeup.
As such, industry publication Wine Folly notes, you’ll rarely taste hints of butter in Chablis, as this is a characteristic of oak-aging. Instead, Chablis wines are beloved the world over for their light-bodied flavours. This can include pear, citrus and minerals. The style is also known for its aromas of citrus and white flowers, often making Chablis wines very pleasing to the nose.
You may also be interested to know that Chablis wines are a foodie’s best friend. They were once the dry white wine of choice for cooking, due to their complexity, and they make great bases for many dishes. Also, if you’re looking to pair Chablis with food, take its high acidity into account, to get the most complementary matches. It pairs well with white meat such as chicken but is particularly great with sea food, such as cod, scallops, sushi and other raw fish dishes, and also works with spicy dishes.
If you decide to go with Chablis, therefore, you’ll get a delicious, fruity dry white wine that’ll give you an experience you’ll never forget. Are you looking for a great Chablis? Try the Bersan Chablis Bourgogne Blanc 2014, which you can buy from Ideal Wine Company for just £14.99. Part of our Burke’s Peerage range, this is a quality Chablis wine, which will light up your world with every sip!