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Production area

The Petit Chablis area of appellation covers 1,550 ha of which approximately 1,000 ha are currently under vine.
Our Petit-Chablis comes from the plateau above the Grands Crus hill. It thus benefits from ideal sunshine.

Origins

Though traces of a village dating back to the Neolithic period have been found, the true origins of Chablis go back to Roman times. Its name is said to have come from the Latin term “caplum”, meaning “ford”. Vines flourished here in the 3rd century, after having been rehabilitated by the emperor Probus. The Serein river, which played an important role in regulating the climate, also allowed wines from Chablis to be transported to Auxerre and Paris. From the capital, they were shipped abroad, to Flanders and England in particular. However, the vineyards owe their real blossoming to the Cistercian movement as the Abbey of Pontigny was just nearby. Phylloxera ravaged the vineyards in the late 19th century, which explains the recent planting of the Chardonnay grape variety. Since 1970, the vineyards have been undergoing spectacular expansion as mixed farming is being abandoned in favour of viticulture. The vines are also resisting spring frosts more effectively.

Varietal

100% Chardonnay

Vinification and maturing

When they arrive in the winery on September 14, 2019, the grapes and must are pressed for a long time in a pneumatic press to obtain a quality juice without oxidative risk.

The juice then undergoes a light static settling which will allow the largest lees to be removed, so as to promote the purity of the aromas and the radiance of the color in the wine.

The fermentation starts in thermoregulated stainless steel vats at a temperature between 18 ° and 20 ° C, and it is fast enough to prevent the oxidation of the aromas.

The malolactic fermentation is carried out at 100%, then the wine is aged 6 to 8 months on fine lees, without racking, to retain all the aromas.

Bottling: light fining with bentonite, 1 single filtration before bottling.

Tasting notes

The wine is quite intense on aromas of pink grapefruit with a note of hazelnut. The palate is fresh and always fruity with a tension that persists and gives this wine a very nice length.

Food and wine pairing

Serve as an aperitif, with oysters and fish tapas. Will also be a good companion to all fish, poultry and white meats, grilled or in creamy sauce.

Serving suggestions

12°C

Ageing potential

This wine can be enjoyed today or be stored in the cellar for the next 3 years.

Vintage : 2019

The magic of years ending with a "9"!
2019 was a unique and very changeable year. It brought its own stresse, while harvesting passed without a hitch. The end result has inspired enthusiasm. The weather was hot and dry, but the wines are promising a freshness and gourmandise. Only downside, clearly limited quantities White wines are characterized by wonderful aromatic purity and fantastic balance. The vigor underpins a fine richness in the mouth. The red wines are looking truly elegant, with smooth tannins and lovely vigor. Distinctly fruity flavors bring a certain indulgence. The 2019 vintage is coming into being and promising a wonderful harmony.

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