Saturday, August 11, 2007

La Chablisienne "Petit Chablis" 2003 wine review by (PB)

If you thought you could never afford a white Burgundy think again. Chablis, which is a small village in Burgundy, France (it is NOT a cheap sugary white jug wine) produces four different levels of wine. They are--from the lowest to the highest, Petit Chablis, Chablis, Chablis Premier Cru, Chablis Grand Cru. All the wines are made from Chardonnay and great pride is taken in making them all.

I bought this white Burgundy for $14. It is golden in the glass with a bouquet that has a couple things going on. Vanilla cream and citrus or mandarin orange notes with a little touch of spice to cap it off.

In the mouth it is full of wood, good acid, citrus fruit that's a little thin with a touch of cream in the aftertaste. This is a lot of wine for the money and a fine example of how little you have to pay for a wine with some real character. Look for these "Petit Chablis" or "Chablis" wines as they will not ruin your kid's college fund. Then raise a glass to inexpensive wine with real character.


Pontus said...

This is an old vintage of a wine that shouldent be cellared. When did you taste it?
And there shouldent be a hint of wood in this wine.

Anonymous said...

There shouldn't be a hint of wood in Chablis Grand/Premiere Cru. There shouldn't be a hint of wood in a $20+ bottle of Chablis.

This review is of a Petite Chablis, being the lowest order of Chablis (usually not even exported), is expected to have imperfections such as an an oak flavor; hence the affordability.

Anonymous said...

Burgundy Wine lies at the very heart of France, and is one of the world’s finest wine producing regions. Located two hours to the southeast of Paris, the wine area starts in Chablis in the north of the region and then it follows the autoroute A6 southerly to Lyon.

The Burgundy soil is mainly based on oolitic limestone, upon which both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes flourish. The red wines, made with the Pinot Noir, are more difficult to grow because these grapes are more sensitive to disease or to being badly handled. Towards the south of the region, from around Macon, the soil changes to a reddish granite schist and sand of the Beaujolais. Here, the Gamay grape flourishes, making excellent red wines, many of which are drunk while they are young.

If you have not been to Burgundy, try it. It is a great part of France to visit for a holiday. Alternatively, stay at home and simply drink and enjoy the wine.
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