Why do people love Chablis so much? Maybe it’s the simplicity of one grape, in one style, from one village. Perhaps it’s the simplicity of precise citrus flavours, unembellished by oak. Or maybe because it matches seafood dishes so magically. Whatever it is, we love it.
Sometimes the wine becomes the film star. Like this Chardonnay which (under an altered name) had a bit part in the movie Sideways. Named after the late Disney legend’s daughter Ashley, a heart of cool apple and citrus flavours balances the softer notes of pear, toast and flowers. Roast a chicken, prepare a salad and open this.
Here’s a wine that shows how people get hooked on Chablis. Nowhere else on the planet makes wine with this combination of minerally, seashore tang and exotic fruit with aniseed spice. Keep the food brutally simple – grilled fish, samphire, boiled new potatoes.
Look for the slight evolution (good wine word) of honey here. It’s still bone dry but with a honeyed fragrance that lends itself to fleshy fish and slightly richer seafood in sauces. This is great value Chablis, still in that classic, steely style.
Gorgeous wine named after the Patron Saint of Chablis, whose remains were hidden there in the middle ages. It mixes the vibrant lemony zest of Chablis with white flower aromas. A more generous style and wonderful as an aperitif.
Winemaker Gilles says good Chablis should remind you of the seaside, even sucking a pebble. This vineyard plot is his fruitiest, with stone fruit and lemon-fresh aromas. But it’s all about the concentrated mineral focus on the palate. Seafood loves this wine.
You’ll have to look up how this wine got its name! But then you’ll see why it has such crisp, fresh apple and nectarine flavours. The whiff of butterscotch oakiness makes this a versatile white. Lovely with fish in sauce, roast chicken or just a night in.
Winemaker Chester Osborne won thousands of fans of Austalian wines with his ‘ageing surfer’ looks, mad shirts and fun wine names. They come back because his ripe, fruity, generous reds are so delicious. Like this ripsnorting, curranty and peppery Shiraz.
If you like the sound (and look) of Some Young Punks, try this. The Lemon-lime fruit, sea-shore tang and vivacious character make this wine as fun as its label. Bored of work-a-day Sauvignon or Pinot Grigio? This is the wine to funk up your evening’s drinking. Brilliant with Asian-fusion dishes and aromatic spice.
It’s easy to see why this wine is so acclaimed among wine lovers. Rich sweetness balances perfectly with uplifting freshness. There’s the tang of grapefruit and a spring-like, floral aroma. Stylish puds made with allspice and cinnamon love this wine.
This turns Tarte Tatin from a pudding into a magical experience. Spicy Chenin Blanc and exotic Viognier are dried on straw mats. This concentrates their sweetness whilst keeping an apricot-fresh flavour.
An homage to the great sweet wines of Bordeaux. The vanilla-cream richness comes from fermentation in barrels. This is a fuller, richer style of pudding wine, and one for fans of something sticky. I drink it with baked apples stuffed with raisins and Muscovado sugar.
Taste this wine and you taste the past. Enjoy the honeyed sweetness and orange-marmalade tang. They are the same flavours that captivated Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Napoleon. The heady, complex sweet and spice aromas tell you this is one of the great wines of the world.