a total surface area of 6,800 hectares (16,796 acres), Chablis is
the largest of the white Burgundy wine producing areas. Although only
about 4,907 hectares (12,110 acres) of this area is presently in the
production, the volume of an average harvest is over three times that
of Pouilly-Fuissé and nine that of Meursault.
Chablis vineyards extend over the limestone ( Kimeridgian ) slopes
on either side of the charming River Serein. The continental climate
- hot in summer and cold in winter, with severe spring frosts - and
the marly limestone soil combine to mould the unique characterof Chablis
vineyards are separated into four appellations : Chablis Grand Cru,
Chablis Premier Cru, Chablis and Petit Chablis.