Chablis Always Delivers

The poster child for terroir makes a different kind of Chardonnay statement


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Chablis Always Delivers
With rumors of an impending spring abounding, I'm turning my eyes towards some white wines with which to welcome the changing of the seasons. So far it, looks like winter is leading into more winter here on the East Coast, but that won't stop me, it just may slow my pace a bit. Perhaps before diving head first into the great whites of spring, I should ease the transition by enjoying a few bottles of Chablis first! Yes, Chablis, probably the most common white wine on my table, at least by a nose. When people say they'll have “anything but Chardonnay,” a glass of Chablis can often be an eye opening experience. 
Ringing in at 100% Chardonnay, Chablis is like the poster child for terroir. These wines do not resemble what the typical wine drinker thinks of when they think of Chardonnay: big creamy textures, no way to look for snap, crispness, and juicy acids. Butter and roasted pineapple? Not quite—how about mineral, citrus and green apples, all focused and chiseled? Oaky spice, not so nice, and not a trait of the vast majority of Chablis, which see little to no oak influence obscuring the freshness here.
Chablis is what Chardonnay could be. Detailed, amazingly friendly at the table, capable of aging very well, and in most cases comfortably affordable. I'm not saying that Chablis is or tends to be inexpensive, but there is plenty of value to be had around the $20 price point. 

Chablis for Spring

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils Chablis Grand Cru les Clos Clos des Hospices Dans (2010)
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Domaine Séguinot-Bordet Chablis Premier Cru "Fourchaume" Chardonnay Rhône France (2011)
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Jean Marc Brocard Chablis Premier Cru Vau de Vey (2010)
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Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Valmur (2009)
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Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons Simonnet-Febvre (2010)
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Domaine des Malandes Chablis Premiere Cru Côte de Léchet (2010)
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