Chablis is located the northernmost wine region of the Burgundy. The cool climate of this region produces wines with more acidity and flavors less fruity than Chardonnay wines grown in warmer climates. The wines are mostly vinified in stainless steel tanks often have a "flinty" or “steel” note, with much less influence of oak. Barrel maturation is a stylistic choice.
Many Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines receive some maturation in oak barrels, but typically the time in barrel and the proportion of new barrels is much smaller than for the white wines produced in the Cote de Beaune.
Historically, Chablis was one of the first locations in Burgundy at the beginning of the 19th century to make fine sparkling wines. The area was always known for its fine Chardonnay grapes and an important supplier of grapes to Champagne in the 19th century. Today, these sparkling wines are made under the AOC of Cremant de Bourgogne and we can visit one of the largest caves to sample a complete range of cuvées.
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