Chablis vs Chardonnay. The Best Wine to Pair with Camembert

Chablis vs Chardonnay

Chablis vs Chardonnay is a question we get asked a lot on Social Media. What does Chardonnay Wine taste like? And how is Chablis Wine different from Chardonnay White Wine? In this video WineScribble compares two famous bottles of wine, the unoaked Calvet Grande Reserve 2016 Chablis and the oaked 2016 Bouchard Pere & Fils Pouilly-Fuisse. Also, WineScribble chooses the best cheese to pair with Chardonnay and Chablis. Stick around until the end for a top-tip about how to choose the correct wine to pair with cheese.

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Which wine pairs best with Camembert cheese?

Today we are comparing two bottles of Chardonnay, an unoaked Calvet Grande Reserve 2016 Chablis and an oaked 2016 Bouchard Pere & Fils Pouilly-Fuisse. We are going to find out which of these two styles of French Chardonnay pairs best with Camembert cheese. This is a white wine food pairing showdown no-one can look away from! And make sure you stick around until the end for my top tips on how to pair cheese with white wine.

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Camembert Cheese

So first, let’s look at our Camembert cheese.

Camembert is a very earthy cheese. It is creamy, nutty and buttery like Brie, but with a grassy intensity at its centre and a more mushroomy aroma rising from its bloomy rind. Camembert brings a ton of worldly sophistication to a meal without being challenging or overbearing. In fact, when I hit a point mid-week when all I want for dinner is a grilled cheese sandwich, there is a recipe from a blog I enjoy, for a grilled Camembert cheese sandwich that allows me to indulge and still feel like a grown-up. The link is in the Description below.

Chablis Wine

Let’s now look at our two French Chardonnay wines. First we have the Chablis, which is unoaked. Chablis is characterised by an appealing salinity and a general tartness. Fruit aromas such as sharp green apple, lime and under-ripe pear dominate. Delicate white flower notes hover just above a baseline of a mild fungal scent reminiscent of camembert rind and creme fraiche.

Chardonnay Wine

Our other Chardonnay is this Pouilly-Fuisse, which is oaked. Oaked Chardonnay is naturally characterised by a fuller-bodied creaminess. The fruit is similar to Chablis, but ripened: golden apple, ripe pear and sweet Meyer lemon dominate. The time spent in oak barrels brings a toasty warmth with aromas of freshly baked bread and toasted nuts most prominent. Subtle earthiness such as button mushrooms can also be detected.

The Winner: Chablis

If I had to pick a winner, I would choose the Chablis, the unoaked French Chardonnay. The contrast of this style to the creamy nuttiness is more pleasing to me than the echo and amplification of these characteristics, that I taste when I pair Camembert with the oaked French Chardonnay. Overlaying fungal, creamy nuttiness on top of each other can feel almost cloying. This if course is a matter of personal taste – do try both combinations and let me which you prefer, in the comments below.

If you want to learn more about Primary, Secondary and Tertiary aromas in wine, go to for our quick overviews. And for another food pairing between white wine and another classic dish, enjoy our video comparing two different 5 euro Cypriot white wines with a classic Chicken and Bacon Caesar Salad. I have left all the links in the Description below.

The Secret to Pairing Wine with Cheese

And now, here is my secret to successfully pairing cheese and white wine: opposites attract. Cheese is generally salty and high in fat. So when looking for a white wine pair, offset these characteristics with an off-dry, acidic wine. The more intense the cheese, the more intense these wine characteristics should be. That’s why Camembert pairs well with Chablis but a blue-veined Roquefort loves a sweetly bright Sauternes.

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