Established in 1938, Chablis
is a white wine appellation in Burgundy that extends into about twenty villages around the town of Chablis in the Yonne department. The vineyards of Chablis occupy the slopes that border the Serein River Valley, a hilly area where the tops of the slopes are generally wooded. There are four appellation levels here: Chablis Grand Cru, Chablis Premier Cru, Chablis, and Petit Chablis. All of these wines are made exclusively from Chardonnay.
The vineyards of Chablis and Chablis Premier Cru sit on a rocky Jurassic (mostly Kimmeridgian) clay-limestone soil. Summers here are hot, and winters are long and harsh. Sunshine and rainfall vary considerably from year to year, making both the quality and quantity of each vintage quite vulnerable.
Chablis is very famous worldwide, and for many years this wine has been practically synonymous with ‘great white wine.'
Chablis Grand Cru may be grown in seven very distinctive climats (vineyard sites): Blanchot, Bougros, Les Clos, Grenouille, Les Preuses, Valmur, and Vaudésir. The excellence of these terroirs is perfectly conveyed by such producers as Domaine Billaud-Simon, Domaine William Fèvre, La Chablisienne / Château Grenouilles, and Domaine Long-Depaquit.
More informations on the website of the wines of Chablis