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SHOP FOR THIS CHABLIS

SHOP FOR THIS CHABLIS

Chablis is, of course, always produced from the Chardonnay grape without it ever being displayed on the front label. From selected parcels of Burgundy’s northernmost vineyards planted on gently rolling, as well as some steeper, vineyard sites this wine is the epitome of cool, literally and figuratively. The crusty limestone soils are littered with deposits of ancient fossils that harken back to pre- historic times when this whole region was part of a large ancient seabed. So we have a typical minerality that comes through in bouquet and taste. The growing season, punctuated on either end with frosts, is short. Not surprisingly, Chablis usually is crisp, racy and vibrates with spring loaded acidity. But this 2018, from a riper vintage, shows an unusual richness and concentration. During these hot summer days, we can think of no better pairing than a well-chilled glass of this Chablis with a chilled seafood salad. Keep it simple and take bits of shrimp, crab meat, lobster, scallops and whatever other mollusks might tickle your tongue. Season to your own taste, squirt in some lemon juice and fold everything together with just enough mayo to bind all the ingredients. By the way, the word Coquillage on the label means seashell in French. Michael Godel from Wine Align awarded it 90 points. At the 2018 Burgundia Wine Awards held in Burgundy, this wine garnered a Gold Medal.

2018 Moillard “Coquillage” Chablis V10380, $25.95.

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