Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE - ANDY CRONSHAW

SOME of the world’s great­est wines are those made in the coolest cli­mates pos­si­ble for vini­fi­ca­tion.

Vine­yards at the very mar­gins of wine-mak­ing of­fer a longer grow­ing sea­son and po­ten­tially more nu­anced flavours.

That is cer­tainly true of Ch­ablis at the north­ern lim­its of Bur­gundy which pro­duces one of the world’s great­est white wines.

What Ch­ablis has is the per­fect soil for crisp min­eral wines.

It’s lime­stone-based ground is sim­i­lar to the South Downs and is also made up of clay and fos­silised oys­ter shells mak­ing for what the French call ‘cal­caire’.

The rel­a­tive paucity of the soil stresses the vines forc­ing them deeper and deeper in search of

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