From the northernmost area of Burgundy, Chablis produces lean, clean Chardonnays that make wine wonks smack their lips in anticipation. This troika is a good introduction to these habit-forming whites.
Joseph Drouhin “Chablis Drouhin” Vaudon 2011, $19.95
Founded in 1880, this famed Burgundy producer has practiced biodynamic viticulture (an agricultural ethos that emphasizes sustainability) since 1998. Open with pan-fried trout.
Ponce notes: “Pure and elegant, with stony flavours, this newcomer to Ontario is about as light as Chardonnay gets. Attention LCBO: Add more bottles like this to your general list.”
Roland Lavantureux Chablis 2010, $19.95
New to Vintages, this un-oaked Chard was made from grapes grown on 25- to 30-year-old vines. Pour with herb-roasted chicken.
Ponce notes: “Compared to the typically lithe Chablis, this one has a few more curves. Expect aromas of citrus and melon, Golden Delicious flavours, and a long, smooth finish.”
William Fèvre Chablis Champs Royaux 2011, $21.95
This dependable Burg comes from vineyards planted in the chalky limestone soil along the Serein River. Serve with raw oysters.
Ponce notes: “The nose seduces with green apple, lemon oil, and crushed seashells. It’s clean and zesty, with considerable depth for such a light-bodied wine.”