Anyone have a good recommendation for an unoaked or neutral oaked Chablis?
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I would recommend picking up some '05 William Fevre Chablis "Champs Royaux." It's about $20, and is quite generous and complex. It has barrel character, but also nice citrus, pear, and mineral notes.
I have had these recently... Quite good I thought:

2005 Bernard Defaix Chablis Côte de Léchet Premier Cru ($17.99)
2005 Domaine Louis Pinson Chablis Montmains Premier Cru ($25.07)
2004 Domaine Corinne & Jean-Pierre Grossot Chablis Premier Cru Vaucoupin ($25.99)

I'm just starting to try Chablis... These were minerally, very well balanced un-oaky wines, the "Vaucoupin" outstanding with mussels.

Definitely different than any American chard I've had.
An underrated producer is Gilbert Picq. He makes an outstanding mineral-driven village Chablis labeled Vieilles Vignes. He also makes one Premier Cru wine: Vacoupin. Both of these are around $20 and are fantastic. I have only tasted them young but a certain expert is convinced they can also age.
Fevre
Le Chablisienne
Jean Marc Brocard
Bichot (Long-Depaquit)

The '98 Les Clos from the last producer, tasted a couple of years ago, was one of the most unique Chablis I've ever had.
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Originally posted by Spleen:
An underrated producer is Gilbert Picq. He makes an outstanding mineral-driven village Chablis labeled Vieilles Vignes. He also makes one Premier Cru wine: Vacoupin. Both of these are around $20 and are fantastic. I have only tasted them young but a certain expert is convinced they can also age.


Spleen, I agree completely if the following is true. I have been told that the Picq name is a continuation of the same family firm after the death of Albert Pic. Years ago, we used to find Albert Pic's wines in restaurants and ordered them frequently. I have yet to try a Gilbert Picq wine.
There are several zero oak producers in Chablis but the one I buy at every level [basic, 1er and GC] is Louis Michel.
However none of the good or great producers use much new oak these days and Fevre in particular has cut right back so that from the takeover by Henriot in 1998 their wines are now IMO up there with the very best - Dauvissat and Raveneau - but with a distinct price advantage.
However I always buy Fevre's Domaine wines rather than the Maison [negociant] bottlings.
Billaud-Simon is another excellent producer that should fit your spec.
Last edited by nigelgroundwater
Board-O,
Not sure if the domaine Gilbert Picq is related to Albert Pic (I am not strong on Burgundy history). The wines at Gilbert Picq are made by Didier Picq. They are a pretty small domaine and only have 2-3 wines in the US. I bought mine from the Wine Library who hopefully will continue to carry them.
I dug up this older thread because I have some general questions about Chablis. I have noticed, what appear to be some decent buys and am contemplating grabbing some after 9/01.
How long, on average do you typically cellar the better wines?
Any vintages that I should focus on in particular ('04, '05, '06, others)?
Any recs for early drinkers?

Thanks in advance.
Chablis has all but fallen off of the radar for me. Many of the simple AOC Chablis that I have enjoyed as anytime wines have jumped outside my anytime budget. Louis Latour has been my traditional favorite, but its not worth the tag anymore.

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