Chablis wine comes from the vineyards that have the same name. Chablis is located in the department of Yonne, which in turn is located within the wine region of Burgundy in France, surrounded by the river Serein. This famous wine region has a total area of approximately 4753 acres, called the Chablis vineyards.
The history of Chablis wines
The first Chablis vineyards are estimated to have been planted way back in the first century BC, but it is documented that only in the third century, it began to be developed as vineyards, on the time of the Emperor Probus (276-282). The story jumps up to the year 800, when the monks of Tours, who had benefited of lands in this place, started using them to plant vines and winemaking.
By the twelfth century the monks cultivated the vineyards with success around vineyards, where they built the warehouse “Petit Pontigny” that exists today. By the thirteenth century the expansion of Chablis wines was a fact and they had also won a deserved fame. But this lasted until the French Revolution, at the time the lands that belonged to the clergy, were sold to other growers, which for luck followed the tradition and making great Chablis until the present days.
Chablis wines appellation
According to the National Institute of Origin and Quality (INAO), Chablis has 5 denominations of origin:
- Saint-Bris – which uses exclusively the sauvignon blanc for its wines.
- Petit Chablis wines – which is collected in the highlands of Chablis.
- Chablis – Collected in the northeast slopes of Chablis.
- Chablis Premier Cru – Collected on the plateau in the south and west of Chablis.
- Chablis Grand Cru – Collected only in Chablis and Fyé
Now to start enjoying Chablis wines, here we give you some suggestions of some of their appellations:
Calvet is one of the largest producers of France, concerned about making wines which represent the most classic of the country.
A great a Premier Cru. Elegant, aromatic and silky. A Choice to enjoy a special evening of summer.