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Patrick Piuze Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Les Minots 2019

$86.99

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This special parcel of Vaillons produces a robust, textured Chablis of the style that Patrick loves to make.
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Patrick is a micro-négociant and he has a great relationship with his sources. He buys the grapes by the parcel rather than by weight and he created a profit-sharing arrangement that keeps the growers invested in their mutual success. He is an extremely resourceful manager—we recall one harvest when rain was threatening and he promised the grape pickers a case of Jameson Irish Whiskey if they met the deadline. A compelling incentive!

While Patrick is very hands on with his growers in the vineyards, he is decidedly "hands off" in the cellar. He eschews corrections of any kind: no enzymes, acidifying, chaptalization (unless absolutely necessary) etc. And he uses only neutral barrels for aging the 1er and Grand Cru.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 91
"The 2019 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru "Les Minots" has a pretty beeswax and gravel bouquet. The palate is concentrated with fine depth and a touch of viscosity." -Vinous

Robert Parker

RP 92
"The 2019 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Les Minots is lovely, wafting from the glass with notes of clear honey, citrus oil, white flowers and oatmeal. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and succulent, it's bright and charming, concluding with a long, mineral finish. As I've written before, this hails from one of the sunnier, warmer lieux-dits within the larger climat of Les Vaillons, and it typically produces a more generous, gourmand wine; it's also often where Piuze begins his harvest." -Robert Parker

Wine Spectator

WS 94
"This white is lean, sporting lemon, green plum, chamomile and lanolin aromas and flavors. A spine of vivid acidity keeps it focused and long, while the balance and harmony bode well for the future. Shows excellent length."

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Chardonnay

  • Vintage

    2019

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Sustainable

  • Style

    Elegant , Fruity , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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