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Chablis

[sha-blee, shuh-, shah-, shab-lee; French sha-blee] /ʃæˈbli, ʃə-, ʃɑ-, ˈʃæb li; French ʃaˈbli/
noun, plural Chablis
[sha-bleez, shuh-, shah-, shab-leez; French sha-blee] /ʃæˈbliz, ʃə-, ʃɑ-, ˈʃæb liz; French ʃaˈbli/ (Show IPA)
1.
a dry white wine from the Burgundy region in France.
2.
a similar wine produced elsewhere.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; named after Chablis, a town in the region
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Chablis

/ˈʃæblɪ; French ʃabli/
noun
1.
(sometimes not capitals) a dry white burgundy wine made around Chablis, in central France
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Word Origin and History for Chablis
n.

light, white Burgundy wine, 1660s, named for town of Chablis southeast of Paris. Made only of Chardonnay grapes. The French word chablis (16c.) is literally "deadwood," fallen from a tree through age or brought down by wind, short for bois chablis, from Old French *chableiz.

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Encyclopedia Article for Chablis

classic white wine of France, made from chardonnay grapes grown in strictly delimited areas surrounding the village of Chablis and along the Serein River in the district of Yonne in northern Burgundy. Chablis is noted for its distinctively dry, full-bodied, somewhat acidic character and a rather austere aroma described in wine terminology as "flinty."

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