Unlocking the Secrets of the Famous Chablis Grand Crus


If you're a wine enthusiast, you've likely heard of the legendary Chablis Grand Crus. These vineyards, located in the heart of France's Burgundy region, are renowned for producing some of the world's most exquisite white wines. But did you know there's an eighth, often overlooked, that deserves equal attention? Let's embark on a journey to explore the seven plus one Grand Crus of Chablis.

Depending  on who you ask, there are either 7 or 8 Chablis Grand Crus (Photo by vinsdebourgogne.nl on Unsplash)

The Seven Renowned Chablis Grand Crus

The seven acknowledged Grand Crus are: Les Clos, Vaudésir, Grenouilles, Valmur, Les Preuses, Blanchot and Bougros. Each of these vineyards produces a unique Chardonnay, reflecting the distinct terroir. For instance, Les Clos is noted for its power and longevity, while Vaudésir is celebrated for its elegance and aromatic complexity. Grenouilles, the smallest of the Grand Crus, is lauded for its delicacy and balance, and Valmur is loved for its rich, full-bodied character.

Les Clos is considered to produce the most powerful wines of all  the Chablis Grand Crus (Photo from VinoVoss)

The Hidden Gem: La Moutonne

Now, let's unveil the 'plus one' - La Moutonne. Nestled between Vaudésir and Les Preuses, this unofficial eighth Grand Cru is a monopole of Domaine Long-Depaquit, producing wines that are as intriguing as they are exceptional. The vineyard's unique microclimate and soil composition contribute to a wine that beautifully combines the characteristics of its neighboring Grand Crus, resulting in a Chardonnay that's both robust and refined.

La Moutonne is a 2.5 ha vineyard that lies within the Climats of Vaudesir (95%) and Preuses (5%) within the Grand Cru Chablis AOC (Photo from theliquorbarn,com)

Why You Should Explore These Wines

The Grand Crus of Chablis offer a fantastic opportunity for wine lovers to experience the diversity and complexity of Chardonnay. Whether you're captivated by the powerful Les Clos, enchanted by the elegant Vaudésir, or intrigued by the unique La Moutonne, each Grand Cru offers a unique tasting experience. So, why not take your love for wine to the next level and explore these magnificent vineyards?

Which One Is Your Favorite?

The Grand Crus of Chablis, seven plus one, are a testament to the exceptional quality and diversity of the Burgundy region. Each vineyard, with its unique terroir, offers a distinct interpretation of Chardonnay, inviting wine lovers to embark on an exciting journey of taste and discovery. Don't miss the chance to explore these extraordinary wines.

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