2018 Patrick Piuze Chablis 1er Cru ‘Butteaux’ 1.5L

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Chardonnay

As one of the most popular grapes for growing and consuming, Chardonnay can be made in a wide range of styles. These styles can vary from a sparkling Blanc de Blanc, or fresh fermented in stainless steel, to rich and creamy white wine aged in oak barrels. Notable regions for this grape include Chablis or Burgundy in France, Central Coast, Napa, and Sonoma in CA, and Western Australia.

When pairing with food, consider the characteristics of your wine first. No brainer pairing options include seafood, salads, and white meat. Chardonnay, with its vast versatility, is everyone’s best friend.

Chablis, France

An appellation in Burgundy and pristine style of wine all in itself. Chablis lies on the most-northern end of Burgundy, France where the weather is cool and the acidity is high. Fun fact about Chablis: the only grape varietal permitted in this region is Chardonnay. Chablis also has this special Kimmeridgean soil composed of limestone, clay, and fossilized oyster shells making these wines especially unique and a perfect pairing to drink with oysters and seafood! Chardonnay from Chablis can show pleasantly ripe, concentrated, citrus fruits with mouth-watering high acidity. Some producers age a portion of their wines in old oak to give them a rounder texture and relaxed flavor palate or keep the entire yield in stainless steel or concrete to preserve the pure fruit flavor. Chablis also has a vineyard hierarchy where the lesser/flatter lands may be labeled as Petit Chablis. The higher designated vineyard sites may be labeled as premier cru or grand cru. Age these beauties, or enjoy now with a full order of Oysters to share. 

In only a short time, Patrick Piuze has gone from managing a wine bar in his native Québec to becoming one of Chablis’ most prominent rising stars. In 2008, after working for Olivier Leflaive, Verget and Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, Patrick started his own micro-négoce. Sourcing 20 hectares of old-vine fruit from respected growers throughout Chablis, he crafts over 20 cuvees, including grand cru, premier cru, single-village wines, a Petit Chablis sourced from a maximum of two parcels adjacent to grand cru vineyards, an Aligoté from Saint Bris, and a méthode traditionnelle sparkling wine from the Tonnerrois. He is one of the rare producers to identify the nuances from village to village within the general AOC Chablis and even distinguishes between microclimates in his two cuvees of grand cru Bougros.

Patrick’s belief in long, natural fermentations allows him to create powerful yet graceful wines that, even in less ripe vintages, show a soft, penetrating texture. Lively, nervy, and pure, they also exhibit soft creamy textures, layered complexity, and the contagious vitality of its maker.

Classic, pure and elegant, this pale gold premier cru offers the traditional notes of pears, lemon and crushed sea shells, but don’t let its initial delicacy fool you—its concentrated, powerful finish is packed with a persistence perfect for long-term aging.

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