What's the difference between Chablis and Petit Chablis?

What's the difference between Chablis and Petit Chablis?

  • By - Lauren Conneely
  • 11 February, 2022

Ever wondered what the difference is between Chablis and Petit Chablis? 

Here are a few key similarities and differences and why you might choose one over the other in different situations. 

All Chablis is made from the Chardonnay grape and must be from the Chablis region in the north of Burgundy, France.

Both Chablis and Petit Chablis tend to be fermented in steel tanks and never see any wood (i.e. unoaked).

The key difference between them is the quality of the soil and how much sun the vines get.

Petit Chablis isn’t meant to be ‘lesser’ or ‘second rate’ - it’s a different style because of the soil and sun.

Petit Chablis will be fresher, lighter and less complex - made for easy drinking with zesty citrus flavours.

Chablis will be more complex with more depth and flavours such as citrus, salinity and hay and can age for a few years.

Next time you’re choosing between a Chablis and a Petit Chablis, think about when and where you’re going to drink it and with what food, and let this guide your choice. 

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