Wine: Finding the real Chablis

The two possible St Patricks studied at Auxerre, where the monks were already making the wine known today as Chablis, writes Tomás Clancy.

4th March, 2012
Wine: Finding the real Chablis
Chablis: its best wines hide in plain sight, but are worth seeking out. Photo: Imagefile

It is clear that St Patrick, or rather both of the historical candidates for our great national icon, the Roman-Briton Patrick and Roman-Gaul Palladius, are closely associated with one of the greatest wines of Burgundy, namely Chablis.

Both men were Catholic bishops or emissaries from the Church of Rome sent to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. Palladius appears to have operated largely in Leinster, while St Patrick is closely associated with Ulster.

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