Made from the Chardonnay grape, Chablis wines traditionally come from the Chablis region of France. This prestigious white wine is pale-gold in color with a distinctly delicate aroma that encompasses the sweet fragrance of fruit and oak. Served too cold or too warm, Chablis loses the distinct flavors and aromas that give the wine its character. Served at recommended temperatures, the true essence of Chablis shines through with every tip of the glass.
Serving It Up
The perfect wine cellar temperature is about 55 degrees Fahrenheit, and the the average refrigerator temperature hovers between 40 and 38 F. The ideal serving temperature for Chablis is somewhere in between. Wine connoisseurs agree that Chablis is at its best when served at temperatures between 50 and 53 F. Take the storage conditions into account before serving Chablis. It may be necessary to chill or warm the wine before pouring.
Getting It Right
Take cooling and warming temperatures into consideration when planning for your next wine and cheese party. If the Chablis needs to chill to reach the recommended serving temperature, place it in the refrigerator. For every 10 minutes that the Chablis is in the fridge, the temperature will rise 4 degrees. Bottles of refrigerated Chablis warm at a rate of 4 degrees for every 10 minutes of rest at room temperature.
Testing the Temps
Digital thermometers take the guesswork out of testing the serving temperature of Chablis. Some thermometers test the temperature of the Chablis right through the bottle. Simply clip the thermometer around the width of the bottle and wait for the reading. If you prefer to go the traditional route, use a standard thermometer that you insert into the mouth of the Chablis bottle to test the serving temperature.
Serve Chablis in a tulip-shaped glass made of crystal or other transparent glass that draws attention to the color and body of the wine. Pour the Chablis into the glass, pouring toward the center of the glass, not against the sides. Twist the bottle of Chablis as you tilt it upright and lift it away from the glass to control drips. Control the pour, filling the glass no more than 2/3 full.
References and ResourcesWine Spectator: How to Serve Wine 101: Tips on the Perfect Serving Temperature
Boyne Valley: Chablis
Wine Spectator: How to Store Wine 101: 7 Basics You Need to Know
Danzante: How to Serve Wine