Burghound-Chablis, France- ""Subtle wood influence can be found on the apple, pear, tidal pool, quinine and iodine-infused nose. The exceptionally rich full-bodied flavors possess a generously proportioned mouth feel, all wrapped in a sappy and sneaky long finish."" (Barrel Score 89-91)
Chablis is the "Golden Gate" of Burgundy. Just two hours from Paris, it is one of the most northern wine-producing areas in all of France. Chardonnay is the only grape allowed here, and it thrives in the limestone soil to create distinctive white wines unmatched anywhere else in the world. This is Chardonnay that speaks for itself, with little to no oak aging, displaying dry mineral, apple and pear flavors and hints of flint in the aroma.
Fans attribute the mineral quality of Chablis wines to the soil in which they’re grown. Millions of years ago, Chablis lay under the ocean, and the soil today retains deposits of tiny fossilized seashells – it’s nice to imagine this is why Chablis pairs so well with oysters and other shellfish.