The appellation village of Chablis is produced in the communes of Beines, Béru, Chablis, Fyé, Milly, Poinchy, La Chapelle-Vaupelteigne, Chemilly-sur-Serein, Chichée, Collan, Courgis, Fleys, Fontenay-Près-Chablis, Lignorelles, Ligny-le-Châtel, Maligny, Poilly-sur-Serein, Préhy, Villy and Viviers.
- CHARACTER OF THE WINES
A failry light hue of golden straw or greenish-gold, this white wine has a very fresh, bright and mineral nose; one can find flint, green apples and lemon, with notes of undergrowth and mousseron or Fairy Ring mushrooms. Other aromas often include linden, mint and acacia, along with licorice and freshly-cut hay. Ageing turns the wine more golden and tends to bring out spicy notes. On the palate, the aromas persist at length thanks to their crispness and purity. Dry and wonderfully sophisticated, Chablis has a unique personality and is easily identifiable.
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Located near Auxerre in the Yonne department, the Chablis wine region runs alongside a little river with the soothing name of the Serein. The Cistercian monks of Pontigny Abbey did much to develop the vineyards from the 12th century onwards.
No other French wine region has affirmed such faith in geology. The main bedrock comes from the Jurassic epoch, or more precisely the Kimmeridgean age (150 million years ago). Deposits of tiny oysters can be found in the rock, which were left by the warm, shallow sea that once covered this territory. These creatures were in the shape of a comma, which gives rise to their name: Exogyra virgula.
- CHABLIS IN FIGURES
Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée created in 1938.
Figures from 2017* :
The appellation Chablis represents 66% of Chablis wines.
Production area : 3 630 ha (1 hectare = 10,000m²)
Harvest : 162 331 hl (1 hectoliter = 100 liters, or 133 bottles)
Average annual harvest between 2013 and 2017 : 156 101 hl
*5 years average, 2013-2017