As you can see, I am still on my summer white wine kick, and my latest obsession is Chablis.
With our winemaker friend, my husband and I partook in a mini Chablis tasting, and I was highly impressed by these White Burgundy counterparts. I have to admit, Chablis has not really been on my radar, but after tasting these two beauties, I can tell you that I will definitely be hitting up the Chablis section more often.
Chablis, located in the northernmost wine district of the Burgundy region in France, where primarily Chardonnay is planted, is known for producing cool climate, beautifully dry white wine, commonly boasting a unique ‘flint like’ characteristic with brilliant acidity.
We tasted the Louis Michele & Fils Chablis Premier Cru "Montée de Tonnerre" first. Stainless steel fermented, this wine was an easy drinking wine, almost like a Sauvignon Blanc, but with a distinct minerality, perhaps from the ‘Kimmergidgean’ soil in all of Chablis Grand and Premier Cru vineyards, consisting of limestone, clay, and tiny fossilized oyster shells. This wine also exhibited soft floral notes, luscious with a streamlined acidity, showing slight hints of mint and stone fruit.
After that, we tasted Laurent Tribut Cote de Lechet, Chablis Premier Cru. This wine was quite different from the first tasted. While tasting beautifully now, it has tremendous aging capability and is very complex, with layers of steely lemon zest and bright citrus flavors. With hints of wet stone and chalkiness, it had a long lean finish that gladly lingered.
Needless to say, both of these wines were great examples of what the Chablis region has to offer, and I look forward to continuing my education of the wines from Chablis.