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Petit Chablis

Petit Chablis 2017

Limpid, brilliant golden colour and a zesty bouquet of lemons and white flowers. It is flavoursome upon tasting with well developed flavours of lemon and grapefruit as well as green apples and pears this is all beautifully balanced by a delicate saline minerality with a fresh clean finish which is typical of its Kimmeridgian terroir.

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  • Tim Atkin Master of Wine

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White: this wine is a brilliant pale gold, the colour of rye-straw, sometimes flecked with green. Its aromas are of white flowers (may, acacia) mixed with citrussy notes (lemon, grapefruit) over a mineral base (gun-flint). Notes of peach and other white-fleshed fruits are sometimes encountered. The mouth is light and lively with well-balanced acidity. A spirited attack soon yields to a likeable roundess. A touch of saltiness (iodine) is characteristic.
Freshness, body and persistence come together to form a harmonious whole. The wine is drunk young, ideally after two years.

White: despite being born far from the sea, Petit Chablis has a tang of ozone about it which calls for oysters, raw fish, and prawns (raw, grilled, or in sauce). It also makes a willing partner for small river fish (fried), grilled sardines, and numerous other fish species. But above all it is its frisky and energetic character which constitutes its charm. It is masterly with fried eggs and omelettes, as it tames their heaviness in the mouth. In the same way, it lends definition to tripe sausages (andouillettes) and snails (escargots). Goat cheese is perfectly at ease with its roguish appeal, as are pressed or hard cheeses such as Gouda or Gruyère. Its freshness and simplicity make it an ideal wine for summer salads or as a pre-dinner drink - try serving it with savory puff pastries (gougères).

Serving temperatures:  8°C as a pre-dinner drink,9 to 10°C with food.

The vineyards of the Petit Chablis appellation lie on either side of the river Serein. This AOC was instituted in 1944. It is one of the jewels in the crown of the Chablis region which forms the “golden gate” to Bourgogne. A Chardonnay wine through and through, Petit Chablis has, in fact, nothing “little” about it.

These carefully selected terroirs occupy the higher portions of the winegrowing slopes or the edge of the plateau. The soils are brown and derived from hard limestones, with patches of sandy silts. Altitudes: mostly between 230 and 280 metres, with various exposures.

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A.O.C controlled designation of origin Petit Chablis : Appellation Village of the Chablis wine-growing region (Yonne).
Grape variety 100 % Chardonnay
Terroir Pure Kimmeridgian Jurassic. A mix of clay and limestone fossil.
Vineyard Some of the vines of Petit Chablis is located in the village of Préhy, close to the cellar, in a locality named "The Lost Time" exposed to the West. The other part of the vineyards is facing south in Chantemerle near the village of Chablis.
Vines Chardonnays planted in 1994.
Exposure Facing west, slope of 20 to 30%
Vine growing H.V.E. High Environmental Value
Harvest Harvest at optimum maturity, destemming, sorting, pneumatic pressing.
Winemaking The winemaking is carried out in stainless steel vats. The natural fermentations are controlled at low temperatures.
Breeding The aging is carried out for 8 to 12 months before filtration and bottling.
Aging 5-10 years
Service Serve chilled: 10-12 ° C.
Aspect This wine has a limpid, brilliant golden colour
Nose A zesty bouquet of lemons and white flowers
Mouth It is flavoursome upon tasting with well developed flavours of lemon and grapefruit as well as green apples and pears this is all beautifully balanced by a delicate saline minerality with a fresh clean finish which is typical of its Kimmeridgian terroir.
Accords The wine can be served as an aperitif or with oystered or prawns, country sausage or goats cheese.
Tasting The Petit Chablis is light and fresh. Well balanced, it is easy to drink. Slightly less powerful than a Chablis, he has all the qualities of this last one.
Tim Atkin Master of Wine 91/100
Allen Meadows The ultimate Burgudy reference 89/100

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