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Tasteratr: Chablis 1er Cru

Chablis is a region to the south of Champagne and to the north of Burgundy in northern France. They only make white wine from the Chardonnay grape variety. Unlike most Chardonnay Chablis is traditionally unoaked.When it is good it is very, very good – a fine balance between rich, creamy texture and flinty dryness – but when it is bad – acidic and bitter – it is horrid. As with everywhere in the world the best wines are made by a handful of producers and most Chablis (especially Petit Chablis from the fringes) can be dull.  The better wines come from the 1er Cru (17 sites) and Grand Cru (7 sites) vineyards. A great food wine that is excellent with all shellfish, fish or mature creamy cheese like Brie de Meaux. Here are the wines we rated:

**William Fevre Chablis 1er Cru Montmains 2010  (£15.60 Costco)

**Fortnum and Mason (Louis Michel) Chablis 1erCru Butteux Vieilles Vignes 2010 (£23.50 Fortnum and Mason)

***Domaine Billaud Simon Chabllis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu 2008 (£16.99 The Cooperative)

****Domaine Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru Sechets 2007 (£37.50 The Sampler)

*****Domaine Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre 2009 (£60 Raeburn Fine Wines)


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