Cave des Vignerons de Buxy Cave de Chablis Les Preuses 2005
Chardonnay from Chablis, France
Wine Spectator - "One of the raciest of the vintage. Very fine, this evokes lemon, acacia, mineral and lanolin notes matched to a vibrant structure. Harmonious, with a long finish of lemon cake and chalk dust. Best from 2012 through 2025. 2,000 cases made."
Cave des Vignerons de Buxy Winery
The Cave des Vignerons de Buxy was created due to the determination of the Cote Chalonnaise winegrowers to pool their talents in a common project and make their wine, tend to their vines and sell and market their products together. The story behind this adventure is one of an human and social endeavour stretching back over 75 years.
120 families work the plantings that go to make up these vineyards, perpetuating the techniques of their forefathers. Thanks to the fruit of their labours, the passion for their profession and their deep attachment to the soil, these winegrowers have managed to bring out all the character of their land in their wines.
The growing and harvesting of the grapes is rigorously monitored and controlled. And so the team of specialists using modern grape-growing and wine-making techniques can rely on their perfect knowledge of what is going on in the field to develop authentic wines which capture the taste of the land of the Cote Chalonnaise, Maconnais and Chablis.
The Cave des Vignerons de Buxy is the result of collective enterprise and the work of 120 wine-growers and 40 employees, and sells 6 million bottles per year for a turnover of 23 million euros. Thanks to its local, national and international renown the la Cave des Vignerons de Buxy has become the ambassador for the wines of Burgundy. View all Cave des Vignerons de Buxy Wines
Notable FactsThe northernmost region of Burgundy, Chablis' location is closer to Champagne than its Burgundian neighbor, Cote d'Or. This northern proximity gives Chablis a cool, continental climate. The soil is a limestone base, and in the best vineyard sites that limestone is covered with Kimmeridgian clay, a material that is very high in marine fossils. The climate, paired with these distinctive soils, makes the area particularly suited for Chardonnay - the almost exclusive white grape of the area.
Those who claim not to like Chardonnay will be pleasantly surprised by the uniqueness of Chablis. The winemakers of the region almost always stick to stainless steel for fermentation, and many use no oak at all. If oak-aged, the wine will only be in large French oak barrels, which give the wines flavors that are a far cry from your typical California Chardonnay.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.