Wine Shopping in Chablis, Burgundy
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Set amid the vineyards of the Serein River valley, prosperous Chablis is surrounded by seven Grand Cru vineyards. On Sunday mornings, vendors sell wine and local produce at Le Marché Bourguignon, an outdoor market on the main street, Rue Auxerroise. Premium winemaker Michel Laroche's cellars are located in a 1,100-year-old monastery complex near Chablis's main church (22 Rue Louis Bro; 33-3-86-42-89-00). The cellars are open by appointment only, but you can taste and purchase the wines at the Domaine Laroche shop or sample them by the glass at the Laroche Wine Bar. Founded in 1923, the La Chablisienne co-op winery is one of Burgundy's biggest and best, producing everything from Petit Chablis to Château Grenouille Grand Cru. It's easy to visit the tasting and exhibition rooms without an appointment (vineyard and winery visits are by appointment only). From picture windows in the tasting room, you can see the thousands of oak barrels stacked in the cellar.—David Downie
Domaine Laroche open daily 9 am to 7 pm or by appointment.
La Chablisienne open daily 9 am to 12:30 pm and 2 to 6 pm, January and February; 9 am to 12:30 pm and 2 to 7 pm March through June and September through December; 9 am to 7 pm, July and August.
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