Imagine an Escape Room style experience while sipping Chablis! That’s exactly what The Chablis Commission hosted for a bunch of wine writers and bloggers; at Ai Fiore in Midtown.
First and foremost, what is Chablis? For those of you who are new to wine or simply don’t drink enough French wine, here’s some info. Chablis is a region in north Burgundy, France, known for producing some of the world’s best Chardonnay. These wines often have a “stone” or “flint” quality to them, and are wonderfully acidic and fruit forward. Here in Chablis, is where you will find dry white wines, that pair beautifully with seafood, pasta salads, cheeses, and (because it’s spring) salads!
With Chablis, and the wines I will be telling you about, there are two terms you should know:
Grand Cru: not a classification for wine, however it is a regional wine classification that designates a vineyard’s potential as well as terroir.
Premier Cru: this term in the French language means first growth. This refers to classified vineyards in Chablis, and surrounding areas in Burgundy.
I talked a bit before about the Chablis Commission, who hosted this lovely event. Vice President of the BIVB Chablis Commission, Louis Moreau was there to taste some wonderful writers on some stunning wines, after they “escaped” their game at Ai Fiore. Below is a bit about Louis Moreau and his family’s longstanding history in this absolutely beautiful region of France.
“Domaine Louis Moreau was born from the passion of a family settled in Chablis in 1814. As soon as the late 19th century, the love of this family for great wines brought them to purchase plots within Chablis Grand Cru and Chablis Premier Cru Climats. Today, proprietor of five parcels with the Chablis Grand Cru appellation, including a monopole, the domain works many plots within the appellations of Petit Chablis, Chablis and Chablis Premier Cru, in full respect of the environment. The most prestigious of its wines is the monopole Chablis Grand Cru Clos des Hospices in Les Clos, which was bought by the Moreau family in 1904. Louis Moreau studied enology and winegrowing at California State University, Fresno, before going on to work for various producers in the Golden State. In 1994, after eight years in the US, Louis Moreau returned to France to take over the family estates from his father, Jean-Jacques. He expanded the facilities in order to vinify the entire harvest of the 110 hectares of the Domaine Louis Moreau and the Domaine de Biéville. Today, Louis Moreau produces and sells Petit Chablis, Chablis, Chablis Premier Cru, and Chablis Grand Cru, focusing on achieving the highest possible quality while respecting the environment. Since February 2016, Louis has been Vice President of the Chablis Commission of the Bourgogne Wine Board. “- www.Chablis-Wines.com
2014 Chablis 1er cru Les Forêts: located on the left bank of the Serein river, this beautiful wine is harvested manually, uses wild yeasts during fermentation, and has 100% malolactic fermentation. You will notice a pale gold color to this wine with green hues and striking citrus notes. Pair this wine with seafood or veal in a white wine sauce; you’ll be very happy you did!
2014 Louis Michel & Fils, Chablis Grand Cru “GRENOUILLES“: Located on top of the most well-renowned hillside of the Chablis Grand Crus that were planted in 1958, Louis Michel & Fils parcel produces a complex and powerful wine that reveals notes of spring meadows, white fruit, and kiwi.
2014 William Fèvre Chablis: chalky clay soils help influence the mineral aromas and white fruit notes in these wines. Grown on either sides of the Serein river as well, these wines are quality driven, characteristic of Chablis, and absolutely stunning with grilled fish.
2015 La Chablisienne, Petit Chablis Pas Si Petit: Crisp and mouthwatering, with pale yellow color and crystal clear brilliance. This wine is complex when it opens up a bit, and has a nice length with a round palate and fine texture.
Thinking about a fun spring or summer white to sip? Try a Chablis! These wines are crisp, mineral driven, and full of wonderful ripe fruit notes that will surely please your palate.