The Chablis market

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Surprisingly perhaps until the early 1980s, Chablis was hardly appreciated in France itself as most of it was sold on the export market, usually through the large négociants of Burgundy, based mainly in Beaune. Currently nearly a third of all Chablis is vinified by the local co-operative, La Chablisienne, which works well for its appellation. The trend, as elsewhere, has been for an increasing number of producers, who originally sold their wine in bulk to négociants, to bottle and sell their wine themselves. Some of them have even started their own négociant businesses.