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The Appellations of Chablis
Maison Simonnet-Febvre produces and vinifies grapes from the four levels of appellation of the vineyard of Chablis
These vineyards are world-renowned for their white wines with a distinctive fresh and mineral bouquet and an ample, generous and zesty palate. They are all produced from one single grape variety: Chardonnay. The soils of the Chablis appellation are composed of limestone dating back to the Late Jurassic period. The most representative layer is the Kimmeridgian which is very rich in marine fossile deposits.
Our wines have a strong personality and a mineral focused character typical of the great terroirs of Chablis. Aged in stainless steel tanks, without stirring, with a completed malolactic fermentation, our wines are produced in deference to the respective typicities of both banks of the Serein river.
Petit Chablis: Planted on top of steep hills on both banks of the Serein river, this appellation offers wines of pleasure ; light, fruity and crisp.
Chablis: This is the largest and the most famous appellation of the area. Chablis wines have a remarkable bright, gold-green hue, lively fruit aromas and a firm, steely structure that allows the wines to age.
Chablis Premier Cru: Maison simonnet-Febvre vinifies 6 out of the 17 main Premier Cru climats. On the right bank of the Serein River, Mont de Milieu, Montée de Tonnerre and Fourchaume offer good potential for ageing, while on the right bank, Côte de Léchet, Vaillons and Montmains can be enjoyed in their youth.
Chablis Grand Cru: Located on the right bank of the Serein river, facing South-West, this hill is split into seven Chablis Grands Crus climats, each having its own specific nuance. We vinify 3 of them: Les Clos, Preuses and Banchot. Our ageing on fine lies in stainless steel tanks is combined with a very moderate and not systematic use of oak barrels.