Chablis; the cult wine for Sommeliers and coined with being the most natural expression of Chardonnay, given the wine making process adopted in the region. I will admit that I have not had a ton of Chablis in my lifetime, but hearing wine lovers, who are far more knowledgeable than I, rant and rave about Chablis, it seemed only reasonable to buckle down, buy a bottle, and get to tasting. For my focused Chablis experience, I selected La Chablisienne Les Venerables Vieilles Vignes, an estate bottled old vine Chablis.
Chablis wine is made 100% from Chardonnay but is called Chablis as it wine comes from France’s Chablis wine region. Logical. Traditionally, Chablis is known for its banging bouquet and minerality gifted from the soil. The soil in Chablis is Kimmeridgian, which means it is made up of sedimentary deposits of fossiliferous marine clay (I clearly had to look that up in Wikipedia). Though Chablis is Chardonnay, you should know it is miles different from the Californian Chardonnay your aunt insists on bringing to every family function. Both the terroir and the aging of Chablis in stainless steel tanks give it a unique expression of Chardonnay.
La Chablisienne Les Venerables Vieilles Vignes
On colour, La Chablisienne Les Venerables Vieilles Vignes holds a crisp golden hue. On the nose, you note honeysuckle, melon, golden delicious apple, lemon and I will honestly say it was one of the best bouquets my nose has met in a long time. On the palate, you will immediately note this wine’s crisp nature, structured acidity, and mineral, coupled with floral notes and a kick of peaches at the back of your tongue.
Though I thoroughly enjoyed La Chablisienne Les Venerables Vieilles Vignes I think my next Chablis stop will be a Chablis Grand Cru. There are apparently only seven Grand Cru vineyards and that is an elite club I would like to get to know.
This wine retails at the LCBO for $26.95
We gave this wine a 4 out of 5
BONUS: If you have the time, I strongly suggest you watch this video created by the Chablis co-op Chablisienne. It features a few of the wine families who are a part of the co-op and takes you through what it means to make Chablis. Trust me, you’ll thank me for this pro-bonus tip!