Fruit from three thousand hectares of Chablis AOP vines goes into this bottling. Soils are, of course, Kimmeridgian chalk, clay, and limestone. The must was handled by gravity, and maturation continued principally in stainless steel, with ten percent in French oak barrels.
The result is a shiny Chablis, well-made and seamless. The wine is closed with screw cap so needs a little swirling to release its charms. Its aromatics are pineapple-y, with a breezy whiff of sage and green grass, yellow citrus, the sea. The body has medium weight; not too sharp and not too ponderous, mostly just right. The wine vanishes in a flourish of lemony chalk.
Pair it with fresh and young cheeses, shellfish (oysters — duh), salads tossed with fruity olive oil, poached chicken, or picnic sandwiches slathered with green olive tapenade and aïoli.
2017 William Fèvre Champs Royaux Sea Edition Chablis
12.5% abv | $25 (sample) Imported by Maisons et Domaines Henriot America