Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tour de France Stages Five: Along the Kimmerdgian Trail!

Stage five on July 8th  of the Tour finds the riders leaving the Champagne region and heading south, crossing the Yonne river and passing the northern Burgundian outpost of Chablis, actually about an hour to the east but close enough to be included for reasons that are obvious - I gotta have something to drink while watching the race!
The climate here in the north of France produces lovely crisp wines, and those made in Chablis are influenced both by the cool climate and the Kimmeridgian limestone soils found here. The combination of these natural influences unite to create wines with a stony, flinty, mineral, focused character that is pretty much like crack to an acidity loving minerality addict like me. Simply put this region makes some of my favorite wines made anywhere. From good village level wines ($20's), up through the Premier Cru's (mid $30's+), to the spectacular Grand Crus ($60+), and the other-worldly wines from Raveneau ($60-$300+), they still offer amazing quality for value. For a list of wines we stock from Chablis click here. To read our recent offer from Domaine Pinson, one of my favorite producers click here.  Be sure to follow the tour on the Versus channel - some of the best sports coverage of any event you will ever see!

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