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Chablis

Located in the Yonne départment and classed as part of the wider Burgundy appellation, Chablis is actually equidistant between Paris and Beaune. The undulating vineyards lie on the slopes of the valley of the Serein, a small river flowing through the Yonne. The Chablis region lies on the eastern edge of the Paris Basin with soils dating back to the Upper Jurassic period over 180 million years ago. The most distinctive soil is known as argilo-calcaire, a type of Kimmeridge clay also found across the English Channel in Dorset, and it is a combination of limestone, clay and tiny fossilised oyster shells. All of the premier and grand cru vineyards of Chablis are planted primarily on Kimmeridgean soil and this imparts a distinctively mineral, flinty note to the wines. Other areas, including the vast majority of the Petit Chablis vineyards, are planted on slightly younger Portlandian soil - a limestone-based soil of similar structure.

Chardonnay has a predilection for limestone-clay soils like those found in Chablis, and it gives wines of such elegance and finesse that nowhere else in the world can compare. It is not surprising, therefore, that Chardonnay is the only grape variety permitted in the appellation.

Covering an area of 6,830 hectares, the Chablis appellation is divided into four classifications:

1. Petit Chablis - vineyards generally lie on flatter land, covering an area of 1,562 hectares.

2. Chablis - vineyards lie on both flatter ground and on slopes with a northeast exposure, covering an area of 4,420 hectares.

3. Chablis Premier Cru - the vineyards sit on slopes facing south-east, and the total vineyard area is 745 hectares divided into 79 named vineyards. The best known of these are: Mont-De-Milieu, Montée-De-Tonnerre, Fourchaume, Vaillons, Montmains, Vaucoupins and Côte De Léchet.

4. Chablis Grand Cru - an appellation of just 103 hectares divided into seven adjoining vineyards on the slopes of the right bank of the River Serein: Blanchot, Bougros, Les Clos, Grenouilles, Preuses, Valmur and Vaudésirs. The top tier of quality in Chablis.

  • Domaine Vrignaud Chablis
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    Domaine Vrignaud Chablis

    Domaine Vrignaud

    Domaine Vrignaud Chablis is a pale yellow in colour with lime tints. Ripe citrus mixes with aromas of white flowers on the nose. In the mouth, ther...

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  • Domaine Vrignaud Petit Chablis
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    Domaine Vrignaud Petit Chablis

    Domaine Vrignaud

    Domaine Vrignaud Petit Chablis is bright and attractive in the glass, the nose offers acacia-tinged, lively, citrus fruit and a light sea shore/iod...

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  • Glenelly Glass Collection Chardonnay
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    Glenelly Glass Collection Chardonnay

    Glenelly Estate

    The Glass Collection Chardonnay from Glenelly has a bright and brilliant colour with a slightly green hue. The wine has complex aromas of citrus, l...

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  • Domaine Vrignaud Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume
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    Domaine Vrignaud Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume

    Domaine Vrignaud

    Things get much more serious and intense with the Domaine Vrignaud Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, a wine that brings together power with incisive mine...

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  • Domaine Vrignaud Chablis Les Champréaux
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    Domaine Vrignaud Chablis Les Champréaux

    Domaine Vrignaud

    Partial ageing in French oak informs Domaine Vrignaud's Chablis Les Champreaux, especially in the wine’s big, boisterous personality. Aromas of sto...

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  • Domaine Vrignaud Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot
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    Domaine Vrignaud Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot

    Domaine Vrignaud

    Domaine Vrignaud Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot has a lifted, granite and smoke-scented bouquet that reveals just a touch of peppermint. It is well def...

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  • Domaine Vrignaud Chablis 1er Cru Mont De Milieu
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    Domaine Vrignaud Chablis 1er Cru Mont De Milieu

    Domaine Vrignaud

    Domaine Vrignaud Chablis 1er Cru Mont De Milieu has exotic suggestions of lime, lychee and rose that emerge from the bouquet. White peach and flora...

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