Shall we Chablis in Chablis..?

Although we enjoy wine in all it’s variations, we were particularly looking forward to visiting Chablis… As a town it is quite beautiful, albeit small. There is absolutely no doubt as to the main economic raison d’etre of the town…

Vineyards near Chablis
Panorama of the vineyards (probably) belonging to our next destination; Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

As will be fairly obvious, I have accentuated the stormy clouds to add a little drama… Not by much actually, but by this stage I was a little hoping for more clear skies and sun, which was not to be… Sometimes the grey clouds and overcast colours produced by the muted light just need a little helping hand…! Overdone? Perhaps, but I liked the result…

Locals fishing the River Serein in Chablis
Fishing the Serein in Chablis… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Flowers and door in Chablis
A lovely street ‘still life’ in Chablis… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Wine shop, Chablis
Hmmm…where to start… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Flowers on thee banks of the river Serein, Chablis
The river Serein in Chablis… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Building on the River Serein, Chablis
Cosy hotels fronting the river in the heart of the town… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Chablis street scene
Chablis street scene, leading to the town hall… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Building on the iver Serein, Chablis
Beautiful architecture… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Wine shop, Chablis
Another wine vendor… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Wine shop, Chablis
Another cute street scene… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Wine vendors sign, Chablis
The sign says it all… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Wine shop, Chablis
(Another!) wine shop in Chablis… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

In the town of Chablis we stopped at the retail store of Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, and arranged a visit to the winery itself located approx 4 km’s from the town centre. Upon arrival we were warmly greeted and so began our tour, with our guide explaining the uniqueness of the local soil, and just how much it influences the delicious nature of their wines.

Wine and cellar tour at Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, Chablis
Our brilliant guide educating some fellow tourists about the making of Chablis… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Wine and cellar tour at Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, Chablis
The education continues… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Wine and cellar tour at Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, ChablisChablis
Oak (?) wine vats.. © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

As per the first image, this is a closer look at the wine ‘egg’ vats. I had definitely not seen nor heard of these in use in Australia. They are (if memory serves) made of a form of cement, with a slightly roughed interior. This coupled with the shape produces a very distinct and quite lovely dimension to the wine… I don’t know if it was my imagination (or the liberal quantities), but it seemed to somehow produce a wine with an accentuated flavour… I know that sounds ridiculous, but that is just how it struck me in the tasting room… These vats were custom made incidentally…

Wine and cellar tour at Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, Chablis
These ‘eggs’ were very interesting, and not something I had seen before in Australia… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

Just outside the front entrance to the winery sits this lovely little church / chapel…

Wine and cellar tour at Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, Chablis
Church nestled in the vineyard of Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, Chablis… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
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