FIRST GROWTH WINES

First Growth Wines is an Australian specialist importer and seller of
Bernard Brémont Champagnes
  By importing our excellent Grand Cru Champagnes, our prime focus at First Growth Wines is to bring to Australia wines of the best Quality, Value and Distinction.
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CHABLIS

Outside the Côte d'Or, the main outpost for white Burgundy is in the very north of the Burgundian geographical designation, so far north that the vineyards border Champagne and hail and frost are among producers' worries. This region is called Chablis, and the white wine it produces from the Chardonnay grape is known all over the world. With a distinctive taste of powerfully saline, minerally fruit, which is sometimes called a steely or metallic flavor, these wines are mass-produced and often inexpensive.
 
Chablis wine is produced solely in the town of Chablis, which at about 15 square miles is not much larger than a Côte d'Or village such as Gevrey-Chambertin. And yet vineyard plantings in the region have gone over 6,300 acres! Most of this wine is used to produce the basic Chablis, while close to 2,000 acres make up Premier Cru plantings. Grand Cru wines, which are much more expensive than regular Chablis, come from the 250 acres with the most exclusive soils.
 
While the typical Chablis is noted for its distinctively steely, almost intentionally lean taste, from Premiers Crus the Chablis style is often entirely different. Rich, round and nutty, the wine almost completely loses its mineral component, and is stuffed with light fruit and spice instead. Grands Crus are even richer and offer great aging potential, and can rival the best whites of the Côte de Beaune.
 
While Montrachet might be thought of as a more pure and finessed example of the Chardonnay grape, Chablis is the region most commonly associated with Chardonnay growth for most people. Wines with much less of a cost can be found, especially at the village level, but at the top level the wine is just as good as any boutique Côte d'Or specialty.