Chablis recs please!
I am hosting a Chardonnay wine tasting event this weekend, and want to offer a bottle of Chablis. My price range is 15-30 dollars (in Montreal, where things tend to be more expensive,) but I would be willing to spend a bit more for something that is highly recommended. Do you have any recommendations?
Fevre is sold in Canada and is nice.
LAaChablisienne is a cooperative. The one bottling I tried I didn't like but others like it.
Also, I would avoid the Verget wines. They may be technically grown within the borders of Chablis--but they have nothing in common with what makes great Chablis one of the world's great white wines. Verget's Chablis are pumped up, manipulated and over oaked wines more akin to something out of Napa Valley or Australia than to their neighbors.
I really love Michel Laroche's Chablis. I could drink them every day.
also there is a really tasty little wine from Vezelay, just outside of the Chablis region that is being made by Raveneau's son that is just delicious. It retails here in US for about $12 because they can't call it Chablis. the winery name is "Henry de Vezelay" and the wine is Cuvee de Vezelay.
Have a look at the SAQ web site ( www.saq.com) and search for Chablis, order them by prices and look at each one in your price range to see if they are available in a store near you.
Go there and ask around; if they do not have a large selection, try to see if the "better" SAQ store have them (in montreal : Beaubien, Maisonneuve, Laurier, Rockland, ...)
At $30 max, you will have an OK Chablis; The better ones are in the $30-$45 price range.