Seashells By The (Former) Seashore: Chablis’ Expression of Terroir

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From one of the iconic regions for Chardonnay, explore the variations which difference amongst sites and choices in the winery lend to these fantastic examples from trailblazing producers.

  • Pattes Loup Chablis ‘Vent d’Ange’ | Chardonnay
  • Patrick Piuze Chablis Premier Cru ‘Forêts’ | Chardonnay
  • Billaud-Simon Chablis Premier Cru ‘Montée de Tonnerre’ | Chardonnay

Pattes Loup Chablis Vent d'Ange

What — Chardonnay
Where — Chablis, France
When — 2017

Pure fruited expression of fresh orchard and citrus fruits, with a briny minerality

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Thomas Pico began Domaine Pattes Loup (meaning wolf paws) in 2005 with a small section of inherited vineyards. He quickly gained a cult following for his incredibly expressive examples built around texture and a briny minerality. Pico’s extensive work within the vines, including organic viticulture, low yields and hand-harvesting, translate through to fantastic examples. His Vent d’Ange (meaning angel’s wind) comes from a single parcel of vines planted in 1951. It is aged in a combination of stainless steel and concrete eggs, to keep the freshness to the wines whilst adding textural interest and intrigue. Vibrant Meyer lemon over the salty-tang of the minerality drive through on the palate.

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Patrick Piuze Chablis Premier Cru Forêts

What — Chardonnay
Where — Chablis, France
When — 2017

Fresh peaches & quince characters over a salty minerality on the palate

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Hailing originally from Montreal, Canada, Patrick Piuze has now spent over a decade in Chablis, establishing his eponymous label in 2008. As a negociant, he works closely with growers from which he purchases fruit without owning the vineyards himself. With the cost of land in Burgundy being amongst the highest of wine regions globally, establishing yourself with your own vineyards is near on impossible nowadays. Working across the various levels of Chablis’ appellation stem, Piuze’s Forêts (meaning, forests) is from a single plot of vines that are more than 70 years old. Forêts itself has more clay amongst the Kimmeridgian limestone, compared to surrounding sites, adding complexity and concentration to the minerality of the wines. The combination of this renowned Premier Cru, the second highest designation within Chablis, vineyard combined with Patrick’s balanced use of oak in the cellar leads to a wine of incredible purity built around texture and transparent expression of where it has come from.

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Billaud-Simon Chablis Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre

What — Chardonnay
Where — Chablis, France
When — 2017

Meyer lemon and white flowers over a wet stone minerality.

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In 2014, Billaud-Simon was purchased by Domaine Faiveley, the 7th-generation Burgundian domaine. The acquisition of the domaine gave an incredible suite of vineyards to produce wines from including the famed Montée de Tonnerre. In most people’s views the greatest of Premier Crus and held by many in the same regard as the Grand Cru vineyards of Chablis, Montée de Tonnerre shows a depth and complexity not present in most other Premier Cru sites. It lies on a continuation which the Grand Crus all lay, to the west of the famous Le Clos. It displays the perfect balance of floral lift on the nose against a distinctive chalky palate which is rounded out with texture and almost an oiliness. A fantastic representation of one of the most sough-after sites in all of Chablis.

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Winding the clock back 60 million years, the vineyards of Chablis resembled a vastly different landscape with the entire region being underwater. Its aquatic past can still be seen today, with tiny fossilised oyster shells strewn through the vineyards of the region. Sitting atop its famed limestone-rich Kimmeridgian clay soils further adds to the flinty character synonymous with the expressions of Chardonnay from the region. The oldest soils of the region date back over 180 million years, with a distinct chalky character. With three examples from the stunning 2017 vintage, be transported to the vines at the northern limit of Burgundy through three of the region’s leading producers.

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Pattes Loup Chablis Vent d'Ange

What — Chardonnay
Where — Chablis, France
When — 2017

Pure fruited expression of fresh orchard and citrus fruits, with a briny minerality

+ Read More

Thomas Pico began Domaine Pattes Loup (meaning wolf paws) in 2005 with a small section of inherited vineyards. He quickly gained a cult following for his incredibly expressive examples built around texture and a briny minerality. Pico’s extensive work within the vines, including organic viticulture, low yields and hand-harvesting, translate through to fantastic examples. His Vent d’Ange (meaning angel’s wind) comes from a single parcel of vines planted in 1951. It is aged in a combination of stainless steel and concrete eggs, to keep the freshness to the wines whilst adding textural interest and intrigue. Vibrant Meyer lemon over the salty-tang of the minerality drive through on the palate.

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Patrick Piuze Chablis Premier Cru Forêts

What — Chardonnay
Where — Chablis, France
When — 2017

Fresh peaches & quince characters over a salty minerality on the palate

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Hailing originally from Montreal, Canada, Patrick Piuze has now spent over a decade in Chablis, establishing his eponymous label in 2008. As a negociant, he works closely with growers from which he purchases fruit without owning the vineyards himself. With the cost of land in Burgundy being amongst the highest of wine regions globally, establishing yourself with your own vineyards is near on impossible nowadays. Working across the various levels of Chablis’ appellation stem, Piuze’s Forêts (meaning, forests) is from a single plot of vines that are more than 70 years old. Forêts itself has more clay amongst the Kimmeridgian limestone, compared to surrounding sites, adding complexity and concentration to the minerality of the wines. The combination of this renowned Premier Cru, the second highest designation within Chablis, vineyard combined with Patrick’s balanced use of oak in the cellar leads to a wine of incredible purity built around texture and transparent expression of where it has come from.

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Billaud-Simon Chablis Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre

What — Chardonnay
Where — Chablis, France
When — 2017

Meyer lemon and white flowers over a wet stone minerality.

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In 2014, Billaud-Simon was purchased by Domaine Faiveley, the 7th-generation Burgundian domaine. The acquisition of the domaine gave an incredible suite of vineyards to produce wines from including the famed Montée de Tonnerre. In most people’s views the greatest of Premier Crus and held by many in the same regard as the Grand Cru vineyards of Chablis, Montée de Tonnerre shows a depth and complexity not present in most other Premier Cru sites. It lies on a continuation which the Grand Crus all lay, to the west of the famous Le Clos. It displays the perfect balance of floral lift on the nose against a distinctive chalky palate which is rounded out with texture and almost an oiliness. A fantastic representation of one of the most sough-after sites in all of Chablis.

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