No Shabby Chablis

By / Magazine / March 30th, 2011 / 2

As a lover of Chablis (and similar fresh whites), I was in my glory at the Burgundy Wine tasting last week. The 2008 Cote de Lechet 1er Cru from Domaine Bernard Defaix was teasingly described as, “the summary of Chablis in a bottle.” Pale straw with flinty-mineral flavours and a crisp, clean acidity, it begged for king crab legs teased with butter. That Chablis would not have remained long in the bottle at my house. Represented here by Lamprecht International.

Another delicious example was a certified organic Chablis made from vines planted in 1946 after the war. The Jean-Marc Brocard 2009 Vieilles Vignes is as elegant as Catherine Deneuve and as racy as Jules Bianchi. The company is unfortunately not represented in Canada so to drink this superlative wine, we have to go to source. Quel dommage.    [email protected]

At the Hobbs & Co. Wine Merchants Inc. portfolio tasting, I was happy find their lovely 2008 Gilbert Picq Chablis. Enticing floral and peach notes were followed with fresh acidity, a clean minerality and a lip-smacking finish. All that’s missing is an excuse to pull the cork. Does waking up in the morning qualify?

Stay posted for more on fresh, exciting whites, the best from Burgundy and other yummy wines.



Brenda McMillan is thrilled by new sights, sounds, aromas and flavours, and old buildings, barrels and friends. She travels at the drop of a corkscrew and is always "just back" from somewhere.

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