Localization: Burgundy, France
Tasting Notes: A beautiful clear and sparkling gold straw colour. The nose has citrus fruits notes and the mouth is fresh.
Food Pairing: Pairs nicely with shellfish, crab, and lobster
The Domain: We are located around the small town of Chablis, halfway between (both 160 km) between Beaune and Paris, capital of the wine-growing region consisting of about 20 villages, among hills, small valleys and vineyards that run along the Serein river.
This is the northernmost area of Burgundy, with vineyards grown almost exclusively in Chardonnay that generate dry white wines renowned for their purity and minerality.
The colder climate than the classic Burgundy produces wines with more acidity and less fruity flavors than the Chardonnay of the Côte d'Or, with those notes of "pierre à fusil", and just metallic, which make them as recognizable as pleasant.
Compared to white wines from the heart of Burgundy, Chablis is almost never vinified and aged in wood. Vinification in steel is preferred and the choice of partially or completely wood refining is granted to the individual producer.
The AOC Chablis since 1938 did not include the petit Chablis, which entered then in January 1944. All Chablis vineyards fall into four denominations with different classification levels: only 7 grand Cru are located and all located on a single hill near the town of Chablis.
The Domaine d’ Elise is a pocket sized estate of 13 ha which lies at Milly on the slopes above the Premier Cru vineyards of Cote de Lechet. Wines from Frederic Prain have a distinguishing characteristic as he harvests his grapes later than usual in order to get very ripe fruits. Matured for seven months on its lees for added complexity. The tangy, fresh citrus notes are beautifully supported by layers of warm rich fruit. Lighter style than its broader richer sibling Chablis.