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Domaine Barat Chablis 2014

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Winemaker Notes

    Light and well-balanced, it is mineral and iodized. It can be a pleasant and original aperitif.

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    Domaine Barat

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    Domaine Barat, Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Joelle & Michel Barat are descended from five generations of wine growers. The pair launched their own label in 1972, and in 2000, their children, Angele & Ludovic, joined them in running the family estate.

    Domaine Barat is located about a mile outside of the city of Chablis in the village of Milly. The vineyards are managed by Ludovic, who works with organic, herbicide-free fertilizers and viticulture practices, and green pruning. The estate's coveted vines are planted on South-facing slopes, on Kimmeridgian and Portlandian marl formed millions of years ago during the Jurassic era when the sea covered Chablis. Even today, the mineral-rich clay-limestone soil remains plush with marine fossils, which lend an intense and vivacious minerality and freshness to the wines.

    Thanks to new methods that reduce frost damage and make wine making cleaner, the region of Chablis has been on the upswing since the 1960's. In the last ten years, production by small Domaines has increased greatly as has its popularity. With its characteristic steely acidity, flintiness and mineral qualities, Chablis is some of the greatest white wine in the world.

    The source of the most racy and tactile, and yet uniquely light and complex Chardonnay, Chablis, while considered part of Burgundy, actually reaches far past the most northern stretch of the Côte d’Or proper. Its vineyards cover hillsides surrounding the small village of Chablis about 100 miles north of Dijon, making it actually closer to Champagne than to Burgundy. Champagne and Chablis have a unique soil type in common called Kimmeridgian, which isn’t found anywhere else in the world except southern England. A 180 million year-old geologic formation of decomposed clay and limestone, containing tiny fossilized oyster shells, spans from the Dorset village of Kimmeridge in southern England all the way down through Champagne, and to the soils of Chablis. This soil type produces wines full of structure, austerity, minerality, salinity and finesse.

    Chablis Grand Cru vineyards are all located at ideal elevations and exposition on the acclaimed Kimmeridgian soil while most of the vineyards in the outlying spots are referred to as Petit Chablis. Chablis Grand Cru, as well as some Petit Chablis, can age for many years.

    Chardonnay

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    One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

    In the Glass

    When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

    Perfect Pairings

    Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

    Sommelier Secret

    Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

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