All good things to those who wait.
How long was this wait? Three years!
The last time we featured Patrick Piuze's Petit Chablis was in 2015. The reason for the hiatus? We simply could not get the wine!
Petit Chablis is immediately west of the village of Chablis. This tiny region overlooks the Grand Cru vineyards of Chablis. There, the higher elevation and mixed limestone white soil is similar to that of Champagne and Sancerre. This terroir creates a brighter and crisper version of the Chardonnay grape than anywhere else in France.
You might find a Petit Chablis for $18, but it won't taste like this! That's because Piuze's Petit Chablis is from the "Petit Preuses" parcel, which is the plateau overlooking and butting up against - you guessed it - Chablis' Grand Cru Les Preuses.
Vibrant, crisp and refreshing, the wine ripples with freshly cut green apples, white peach and lemon zest. A zippy Chardonnay, it boasts the flinty acidity of the terroir.
Piuze "is a truly thrilling producer of hand-crafted Chablis...I highly recommend trying a few examples of the Piuze wines if your taste runs to pure and completely unadorned classically styled Chablis." Jancis Robinson
With only 100 cases imported this year, the return of this brilliant Petit Chablis is going to be short-lived indeed.
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Patrick Piuze's Petit Chablis is brilliant. From select Chardonnay fruit from specific plateaus that border the Grand Cru vineyards of Chablis, you will not find a better Petit Chablis. Rippling with fresh green apples, white peach and lemon zest, this aromatic Chardonnay boasts the flinty acidity of the region. Enjoy now and over the next five years. Pair this wonderful white with seafood of any kind, soft goat cheese, salads or on its own on a warm day.