Join us on 8th March to explore the exceptional terroir of Chablis

Date: 8th March 2017
Time: 6:30 PM - 8 PM
Venue: The Fine Wine Experience Shop (Shop D, 85 Queen's Road West, Hong Kong)
Price: HKD 700 per seat

Two hours drive southeast of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport on the A6 and you arrive in Chablis. The area feels wilder, more rural, more remote than Beaune, which is still a full hour and half further down the A6. When you think how proximate the Côte de Beaune villages of Cassagne, Puligny and Meursault are, its little surprise that Chablis stands apart. The combination of the cooler climate and different (Kimmeridgian) limestone soil gives great Chablis a distinct signature that sets it apart — a firmer, more structured mouthfeel from its distinct acidity, super minerality, tangy flavours, and complex aromas that sometimes include flint or oyster shells.

 


Today’s tutored tasting will inform us in three ways -

First, all four vineyards (3 grands crus and one 1er cru) lie along the best slope behind the village of Chablis, yet each has its own character.
Second, we have the styles of four of the leading producers to understand
Third, in each case we are pairing a younger and an older example of the same wine, so we can discuss vintage impact and bottle age influence. A great opportunity to discover, or deepen your knowledge of the best of Chablis.

A great opportunity to discover, or deepen your knowledge of the best of Chablis.

 

Wines will be served:
2011 Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre

2005 Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre
2005 Dauvissat Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru
1995 Dauvissat Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru
2012 Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru
2002 Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru
2011 Billaud Simon Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru
2006 Billaud Simon Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru

 

A Quick Word on Estates…

Raveneau
I think of this as the Krug of Chablis. This is many Chablis enthusiasts’ pick as the top estate. I think they offer the best example of mineral spine and snap with a rich layered texture. It’s a small estate, and the wines are scarce. Buy these if you want Chablis to rival the quality of anything in Burgundy.

Dauvissat
I think of this as the Dom Pérignon of Chablis. This is my personal favourite Chablis estate. They style leans more toward the mineral and elegant, combined with astonishing purity of expression. I love these wines. They really reward cellaring too.

William Fevre
I think of this as the Cristal of Chablis. Quality here shot up over the past 15 years or so, and often rivals Raveneau and Dauvissat. The wines a super crisp, clean and modern in style, and are often the most intensely powerful too.

Billaud-Simon
I think of this as the Gosset of Chablis. Quality is just a notch behind the other three, and I find the style a little more forward and approachable. Fruit expression here is usually very pleasing. The wines are amongst the greatest deals in all of Burgundy. If I see these on a restaurant wine list I very often select them.

WINES TASTED