• 2017 Terroir de Patrick Piuze:  Chablis King-in-Waiting

    2017 Terroir de Patrick Piuze: Chablis King-in-Waiting

    Overwhelmingly it's agreed that Raveneau and Dauvissat represent the most crowning achievements in Chablis. If there was one king-in-waiting, it would be Patrick Piuze. 

    Today, I'm happy to offer the great 2017 value wines from Patrick Piuze that showcase two sides of Chablis, the Terroir de Chichée & Terroir de Chablis, both for $35 per bottle. As well as the secret gem of Patrick's Premier Cru range, the Vaillons "Les Minots".

    2017 is undoubtedly the most exciting vintage in Chablis since 2014. Many winemakers noted the sense of balance is even better in 2017. Piuze's Terroir de Chichée and Terroir de Chablis are the two standouts in this respective series. 

    Terroir de Chichée captures the most classic profile of Chablis, with crisp green apple and citrus tones, crushed oyster shells, and superior cut. The Chichée also has hints of orange blossom and a waxy texture giving an incredibly dynamic take of this Kimmeridgian limestone's archetype.

    Terroir de Chablis, alternatively, shows a more ripe and softer texture with flavors pushing into the golden orchard fruit register. But, this wine's mouth-watering acidity hits right in the back corners of the palate, delivering a fantastic juxtaposition. There's a dazzling level of clarity here that's impossible to miss. Tasting this again with Piuze's importer on Wednesday I could not but help going back to the glass over and over. 

    Premier Cru Vaillons "Les Minots" is a special parcel within the larger Vaillons vineyard exploited only by Piuze. This microclimate tends to showcase more warmth in the best sense. There's a honeyed character to the fruit that never comes across heavy or cloying. It's perfectly countered by fresh saline tones and Premier Cru length. For the 1ers from Piuze, this is tops. It's also quite a bit less expensive than perhaps the more recognizable Montée de Tonnerre and Les Sechets of Raveneau and Dauvissat fame, respectively.

    Piuze is a wizard at working with both stainless steel and oak to craft Chardonnay from Chablis' fossilized ancient sea bed that delivers the grandeur expected from these top vineyards. Like Raveneau and Dauvissat, it's the regal structure, seamless contours, and definitive cut married to this breadth that places Piuze in such elite company.
    Posted by Alexander Rosen