10 Aug Patrick Piuze Chablis
We first met Patrick Piuze after his first vintage less than a decade ago, and we’ve been huge fans ever since. He’s a Canadian-born winemaker who is pushing the envelope in Chablis more than the big names (Raveneau, Dauvissat, etc.). His wines see no new oak, but rather he ages them in used Montrachet barrels from Leflaive, where he trained in winemaking. These are perfect examples of the Chablis style of Chardonnay—mineral rich, earthy, and very dry. Due to hail storms in ’16 and ’17, Chablis production has been reduced to almost nothing for those vintages so we bought up everything we could of the ‘15s and ‘16s. We’re going to be aching for these wines when they’re gone.
“Patrick Piuze is one of the most thoughtful producers in Chablis…As far as I know, no one else is making wines like this.”
The Wine Advocate on Patrick Piuze
2016 Patrick Piuze Chablis “Decouverte”
On Sale $29.99
Named for the French term “discovered,” this Chablis is a blend of fruit from select parcels in the two main villages of Chablis, Fye and Chichee. This is the ultimate, classic, textbook Chablis. Strong notes of mineral come through in the nose before it even reaches the palate, where it has citrus and limestone notes and great acidity on the finish.
2016 Patrick Piuze Bourgogne Tonnerre “Les Boutots” (declassified Chablis)
On Sale $26.99
This wine is one of the best deals we’ve ever found in Burgundy, period. This vintage only, because of tiny yields, Piuze blended in a small amount of juice from neighboring vineyards outside the 1er Cru, breaking the AOC law and forcing him to declassify the wine to Bourgogne status. Thus, we have a wine that should go for $60-70 selling for under $30. It drinks every bit as well as a 1er Cru Chablis, with notes of crushed rocks, lemon curd, a subtle floral component, and an ultra dry finish.