Food & Drink

November 25, 2014

Let’s Talk and Drink Pure Chablis

Chablis, history

From the days of  Tiparello Sweet Tip Cigars, Station Wagons with side wood paneling, Love’s Baby Soft, All in the Family, and Burger King’s slogan “have it your way”, comes the Americanized version of “Chablis” the token white wine everyone loved to drink and say. If you asked anyone from that era to define Chablis, they would pretty much tell you, that it’s “white wine”. The wine industry in California in the ’60s and ’70s blemished the reputation of [Pure] Chablis in America. Forty plus years ago, California marketed white wines as Chablis and red wines as Burgundy; despite the fact that Chablis and Burgundy are places, and not grapes.

Perhaps it was simply the French name Chablis that people loved saying, that made it so popular, it was very sophisticated and sexy sounding; so je ne sais quoi that it rolled ever-so eloquently off any American’s tongue, Northeasterners and Southerners alike. American Chablis was back in the day, cheap white jug wine produced for the masses. But, Chablis is, and has always been so much more than the misappropriated-name, ’70′s mass-appeal cheap jug wine. Chablis is a wine region in France that produces its namesake white wine from the Chardonnay grape.

Pure Chablis is the marketing board of Chablis; its purpose is to strengthen the image of Chablis wines in the United States by showcasing the elegance and purity of these wines. Chablis Ambassador, Jean-François Bordet, the Vice-President of the Chablis Wine Board and owner/winemaker of Domaine took us on a tour of Chablis via Miami.

Pure Chablis

Pure Chablis

Chablis, geography

Chablis is located in the northern part of Burgundy in France. The only grape variety permitted in the entire Chablis vineyard is Chardonnay. Even though this grape is known and revered throughout the world, its expression through the soil, the climate and the expertise of the Chablis winegrowers is very unique. The cool Burgundian climate produces wines higher in acidity and less fruity than Chardonnay wines grown in warmer climates, such as California. The wines often have a “flinty” note, described as “gunflint”, and “steely”. Chablis has much less influence of oak compared to other wines from the region. Most Chablis is unoaked, and vinified in stainless steel tanks.

Pure Chablis

Pure Chablis

Terroir is the combination of grape, soil, climate, vineyard location and the human touch, all rolled into one. Climats are plots of land with precisely defined limits, benefiting from specific geological and climatic conditions. Bourgogne is the only wine-growing region in the world that can legitimately claim the notions of Climats which are inseparable from its terroir, a founding element of the reputation of its wines.

With the climats, the Bourgogne region goes a step further in defining how much the “place” where wine is produced is important. Climats is unique to Bourgogne and refers to delimited plots. Throughout the years, Bourgogne wine producers have been committed to the education, and the sharing of information on how terroir and climats make the region’s wines inimitable.

Pure Chablis

Pure Chablis

Four appellations can be found in the Chablis vineyard: Petit Chablis, Chablis, Chablis Premier Cru and Chablis Grand Cru. Each are defined by precise production areas and specific production conditions. The authorized yield varies by appellation, as do the minimum sugar required to be able to harvest the grapes. Logically, the higher up you go in the hierarchy, the greater the requirements. 35 to 40 million bottles of Chablis are produced annually.

Chablis, styles

Petit Chablis, is a fresh, and generally light wine. Chablis, the largest appellation, offering different profiles, of which both winemaking, and the specifics of the vintage play a decisive part. Chablis Premier Cru is the very essence of Chardonnay. Chablis Grand Cru is inimitable and one of Chablis’ highly regarded treasures.

Pure Chablis

Pure Chablis

Chablis, food pairing

Petit Chablis – Best served chilled, Petit Chablis is particularly suitable as an aperitif, or simply on its own.
Chablis – Chablis is a perfect accompaniment to seafood or grilled fish, and ideal with oysters. It can also accompany goat cheese as well as white meats and roast poultry.
Chablis Premier Cru – Its purity, sophistication, and nobility are a perfect match for a wide range of flavors. Chablis Premier Cru can accompany poultry or veal with white sauce, snails, and oysters. Chablis is ideal with Bourgogne cheeses like Epoisses, and is also wonderful with warm asparagus, rabbit, crab, scallops, and poached fish.
Chablis Grand Cru – Chablis Grand Cru is a perfect match for all types of lobster dishes, foie gras, poultry, and white meat with cream and mushrooms, raw fish or fish cooked with cream or butter.

Pure Chablis

Pure Chablis

And when it was all said and done, the marketing and PR companies of yesteryear interchangeably defined Chablis and white wine, without true meaning; and now with cause, and reason, Chablis is coming into the main-stream light as it should, proud with pedigree.

The wines tasted at the Pure-Chablis tasting were,

  • Chablis Vielles Vignes 2013 Domaine Séguinot-Bordet
  • Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2011 Domaine Billaud-Simon
  • Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2011 Maison Simonnet-Fèbvre
  • Chablis 1er Cru Vaugiraut 2009 Domaine Oudin
  • Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir 2010 Drouhin Vaudon
  • Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot 2009 Domaine Laroche

Chablis wines can be purchased at

Sign up to be on our mailing list

Follow South Florida Food and Wine on Google+



SommCon® is seeking speakers for November 2017 conference

SommCon® , Southern California’s leading conference and educational summit for wine, beer and spirit industry professionals and serious enthusiasts is currently seeking qualified speakers for the 2017 educational progra...
by SFLFoodandWine Editor

Oakland Park Music & Food Trucks on Main Street

SOUTH FLORIDA LIVE MUSIC: Tom Jackson Band at Oakland Park Music on Main Street March 24th

Oakland Park Music & Food Trucks on Main Street concert series are held at Oakland Park City Hall. This month, the free community event will host Tom Jackson Band on Friday, March 24th. Jackson and his band will bring their...
by SFLFoodandWine Editor


db Bistro Moderne Miami Hosts Champagne Pommery Dinner

db Bistro Moderne Miami’s newly appointed Sommelier, Haunah Klein, celebrates the launch of the restaurant’s 2017 wine dinner series with a Champagne Pommery event on Wednesday, March 15th at 7PM. The dinn...
by SFLFoodandWine Editor


Point Royal Raw Bar Selections

Geoffrey Zakarian’s Point Royal at The Diplomat Beach Resort

Point Royal is a Coastal American restaurant and bar by celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian. Known for putting together modern relevant restaurants, Zakarian created Point Royal exclusively for The Diplomat Beach Resort. With a mo...
by SFLFoodandWine Editor



Be the first to comment!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *




You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>