Monday, October 27, 2014


The hillsides surrounding the town of Chablis in northern Burgundy are planted in chardonnay. All Chablis wine is made from chardonnay. If I understood correctly, there are four "grades" of Chablis depending on the location of the vines and their exposition to the sun: Petit Chablis, Chablis, Premier Cru, and Grand Cru. Each vineyard parcel is classified into one of these four appellations.

Chablis and Chablis Premier Cru vineyards called Les Fourneaux and Côte des Prés-Girots near the town of Fleys, just east of Chablis.

The harvest was over and done and the wine making under way when we visited last week. But there was still a lot of activity in the vineyards. We could see workers pulling up dead vine trunks and replacing support posts. The leaves on the vines were beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and gold. Ken and I stopped into two places to taste and buy wine on Wednesday morning. The first was a winery I knew of because they had a booth at one of our local wine events last spring. The second was the local wine cooperative (La Chablisienne). Yum!


  1. This would make a nice large picture on a wall!!
    To be admired with a glass in hand...

  2. I love the textures of the vines of different ages. Lovely pic!

  3. I rode through Chablis vineyards with my au pair family while on vacation at some point that year. My memory is actually of it looking rather like this :) Of course, this is a vineyard, and that's what they look like, but it DOES rather look like white wine.

    Thanks for the info on Petit Chablis, etc. -- I wasn't aware.

  4. Definitely agricultural region but so nice..

  5. tim, a glass of Chablis, of course.

    pauline, thanks!

    mitch, and tasty, too.

    judy, the vineyards around Chablis are much more vertical than here in the Touraine. Very different.

    gosia, yes.

  6. Tim sees a beautiful enlargement -- and it would indeed be one. I also see a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle. (FNAC used to do that with photos, but the ones I've see offered more recently are 50-piece puzzles -- too easy!)

  7. That is indeed a wonderful panorama.

  8. we can't get a chablis wine without paying a lot for it. Alas.


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