The Climats of Chablis : micro-terroirs

Chaume de Talvat, a flag-bearing Climat

Prononciation Chablis Premier Cru Chaume de Talvat    Prononciation Chablis Premier Cru Chaume de Talvat

Chablis 1er Cru Chaume de Talvat

Often overlooked because of its small area, Chaume de Talvat is however worthy of attention.

Because of its small surface area, Chaume de Talvat is often overlooked! It must be said that this name is not usually found on labels. Its main characteristics are very similar to that of its neighbor, Côte de Jouan. It enjoys morning sun towards the middle of the day through its south and east exposure. As this vineyard is very open, the air circulates easily, and the grapes ripen in good conditions. To the delight of winegrowers, this setting also protects this Climat from spring frost. The subsoil consists of particularly shallow Kimmeridgian marls, even exposed at times. On the surface, the soil is thin and stony.

Chaume de Talvat, as like other flag-bearing Climats such as Vau Ligneau, Côte de Léchet or Côte de Jouan, stands on its own: no secondary Climats are included under its banner.
 

 

Climat Chaume de Talvat

Character, stories and legends

  • The Chablis Premier Cru wines made from the grapes of this Climat show an intense minerality focused primarily on flint. These wines are usually well-structured and firm, with an assertive acidity, which gives this Climat a good ageing potential. Its clean and precise structure suggests 6 to 8 years.
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  • The first thing that comes to mind is the thatching used to cover roofs, but the word "chaume" also means a bare stretch of flat terrain where sheep graze peacefully. With the word "tal" which, according to its Gallic origin, refers to talatium (talus), Talval could refer to the two sloping sides of a valley. Chaume de Talvat, located in the township of Courgis, could therefore designate the upper part of a hillside that is dry and difficult to cultivate, above a steep terrain.