Perhaps the essence of Chardonnay as a grape lies in Chablis - Unadulterated by oak or the fatness malolactic fermentation, its the wine to serve someone who says they "don't like Chardonnay." Honestly... people who say they don't like Chardonnay just hasn't found one that they love yet.
So last night we took a tour of Chablis, tasting eight wines of ascending quality- Petit Chablis, Chablis, Premier Cru and Grand Cru Chablis. This is a special part of Burgundy that produces only Chardonnay, an area often suffering the heartache of killer frosts, scorching heat waves, hailstones the size of golf balls, and sometimes all three in one season. More typically, the cool climate leans towards a particular style of wine shaped by the soils that it is grown on- a particular Kimmerigean Clay soil stuffed full of fossilised oyster shells and limestone.