Will be perfect with tuna in curry, red mullet in espelette chili pepper cooked “a la plancha”. Try it also with sea urchins, scampi, oysters, pollock, crawfish, andouillette sausage, a trout, sashimi and sushi, fried tofu or a savory slice of gruyère cheese.
A hill that was abandoned for some time, or plants that grow in damp valleys? Several theories attempt to explain the meaning behind the name of this Climat of Chablis Premier Cru.
With its 51 hectares all to itself, Côte de Léchet sits happily on the left bank by itself. Its terroir is sun-drenched, with steep slopes that reach up to 38% in some places!
The grapes ripen particularly fast and the harvest usually starts quite early. Some nice Kimmeridgian marls lie at the foot of the vines, covered with clay and "terre à lapin", a form of limestone sand eroded by cold and frost. Because of the slope, thundershowers end up pushing some stones to the bottom of Côte de Léchet. Despite having good drainage, this soil calls for hard work from its wine producers who regularly have to haul earth back up!
The most recent list of Chablis premier crus was established in 1986. Seventy-nine place names were listed there covering an area of some 700 hectares. The winegrowers of Chablis organized these into 17 “umbrella” vineyards. The vines are planted along the valley of the Serein river in the communes of Chablis, Fontenay, Maligny, Chichée, La Chapelle-Vaupelteigne, Courgis, Fleys and Beines.