Chablis Throwdown: Domaine Nathalie & Gilles Fèvre

by  |  27-02-2016

Chablis is Chardonnay. Chardonnay is Chablis. This simple statement is one of the defining aspects to this northern part of Burgundy viticulture. Naturally, anyone who has in front of them a bottle of say, Californian Chardonnay like Clos du Bois and a bottle of one of many of the Chablis wines next to it is going to say, “Whoa whoa whoa, these are not the same.” And you’d be right as the winemaking styles differ vastly. Many of the New World producers have historically used malolactic fermentation on their Chardonnay as well as gobs of new oak barrels. Chablis on the other hand doesn’t go through “malo” and only the top-end wines from the region see oak aging and even then, it’s incredibly neutral and subtle. In terms of party treats, I look at New World Chardonnay as the fruitcake that someone brought over and will eventually be re-gifted to […]
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