chablis trophies and weekend wandering…


Chablis 2020
Chablis ‘centre’

Saturday saw the Concours des Vins de Chablis – a big taste-off of 2018 Petit Chablis, Chablis and 1er Crus, plus the 2017 grand crus!

I didn’t do the tasting. Given that I’m in Chablis for 3 weeks in January, I otherwise wouldn’t see my better-half for the whole of the month if I was there too – instead, the pair of us still took the Autoroute to Chablis, but rather to lunch at Au Fil du Zinc – there’s not much time left, it closes for good before the end of March.

Lunch was actually fabulous – one of my best ever there. If I ask myself, irrespective of price – i.e. if someone else was paying – whether I would rather dine here or at Lameloise, it would be here! Jean-Claude Bessin’s 2016 Valmur was one of my wines of that vintage, so we availed ourself of a bottle of that too – super…

But back to the Concours des Vins de Chablis: a few names that I haven’t previously visited in the list of ‘medals‘ – left – you can find all of the announcements and the list of the winners – enjoy!

And after – just a few photos from the last days / this weekend – picture from and around Chablis mainly, but also a couple from or Sunday morning in Dijon – we had to take advantage of the blue sky 😉

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There are 2 responses to “chablis trophies and weekend wandering…”

  1. ilbe23rd January 2020 at 8:17 pmPermalinkReply

    Super sad to hear about Au Fil du Zinc. Only dined there once but absolutely loved everything about it, the food, the service and the ridiculously well priced wine list. Any idea why they are closing?

    • billn25th January 2020 at 9:55 amPermalinkReply

      The chef after many years in France is heading back to Japan – and whatever partnerships will be dissolved. The new owner (yes the restaurant is already sold) does have a Michelin star, as to whether you’ll still be able to eat 3 great plates of food for €38 – that remains to be seen 😉

      • ilbe29th January 2020 at 12:44 pmPermalinkReply

        Thanks for the clarification. Yeahhhh, being the pessimist that I am I also do not expect the Raveneaux et al to have the old prices. Oh well, nothing lasts forever I suppose, happy to have experienced it!

  2. grahamfarrant25th January 2020 at 3:28 pmPermalinkReply

    Sad indeed that Au Fil de Zinc is closing although I am very happy that we are having a final dinner there next week en route to Beaune. It will be interesting to see what happens under the new ownership in the future. I do hope it is good as most of the alternatives in Chablis are not great in my experience. I wonder if Trois Bourgerons is affected too.

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