Chablis Sensorial Tasting at the Scott Conant Culinary Suite

| September 12, 2012

scott conant chablis sensorialOn a recent rainy New York evening, noted wine educator Sunny Gandara expertly guided a select group of lucky invitees through a “hands on” sensorial experience. Chablis “ambassadors” Christian Moreau and Jean-Francois Bordet guided guests through a rare opportunity to taste hand-selected Petit Chablis, Chablis, Chablis Premier Cru and Chablis Grand Cru wines. As an educational component, they had three boxes in which guests would blindly place their hands as to give insights into the characteristics of the wine, which included silk scarves and sea shells.

The event took place at the new Scott Conant Culinary Suite in SoHo. Of course,   Chef Conant delivered  an  extraordinary  array of treats  including  Parmesan  and Pancetta Gougères filled with basil, a Foie Gras Terrine with a parmesan almond praline, Kumamoto Oysters with a citrus mignonette and tarragon, and Bruscetta with ricci di mare and marinated scallops. These complimented the wines beautifully and truly brought the experience together.

Chablis is one of the more misunderstood wines thanks to many years of the United States not restricting the use of words that refer to well-known European wine regions. U.S. wine law has changed, so no new wines may use these geographical terms incorrectly. Wine brands that already had the term in use at the time that the law changed are “grandfathered in” and allowed to continue, as long as the term appears next to the wine’s actual appellation or place of origin. If you’ve never had real Chablis, do yourself a favor and try one. They are 100% Chardonnay and absolutely exquisite. Because of the unusual terroir and soil, this wine has an extraordinarily unique flavor profile and once in, you will want to swim to the deep end of the pool.fois gras

Here is a short list of Chablis’ that are certainly recommended:

Petit Chablis 2010, Roland Lavantureux

Chablis 2010, William Fèvre

Chablis 1er Cru Montmains 2009, Jean-Marc Brocard

Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir 2009, Domaine Séguinot-Bordet

Chablis 2009, Domaine des Malandes

Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Léchet 2009, La Chablisienne

Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2003

Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2006chablis sensorial

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