“Here is a truly thrilling new producer of hand-crafted Chablis, designed to showcase the individuality of different terroirs, not just at premier (and one grand) cru level, but within that very substantial area devoted to AC Chablis.” -
In Burgundy, where the passage of time is reckoned in centuries and ancient domaines are passed from Father to Son, a new star is a rare thing. But Patrick Piuze is a rare man. Armed with nothing more than a backpack and unlimited passion, he left Montreal for Puligny Montrachet to work the autumn harvest for Olivier Leflaive. Less than a year later, he was made head winemaker for Leflaive’s new Chablis project where Patrick quickly earned a reputation as a young man on the rise. Over the next 8 years, he moved from triumph to triumph, working with terroir purist Jean-Marie Guffens and Chablis standard bearer Jean-Marc Brocard.
In 2008, he made the decision to stake his claim, releasing the first vintage of Patrick Piuze Chablis. With no vineyard to call his own, Patrick has made partnerships with some of the great landholders of Chablis, bottling over 20 different expressions of old vine chardonnay with a near fanatical drive towards authenticity. Every grape is hand-harvested. No new wood is used. the wine is never chemically altered and he insists all of his growers practice sustainable farming.
In only his 2nd vintage, Patrick Piuze has burst onto the scene as a powerful new voice in the Burgundian landscape. We are proud to offer an extremely limited quantity of some of his Premier and Grand Cru Chablis in Magnums.
Patrick Piuze Chablis 1er Cru Forets 2009 Magnum $109.99
Richness of orchard fruit and a remarkable weight to the mid-palate gives way to a long, typically austere finish with refreshing hints of minerality and saline. The Forets will improve over the next 2-4 years but it is almost irresistibly tempting to pop and pour.
Patrick Piuze Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre 2009 Magnum $119.99
One of his more captivating expressions, the Montee de Tonnerre explodes out of the glass with yellow fruit and orange flowers. Supple and dense with a vibrant salt water finish and an almost imperceptible bit of sweetness. Also hard to resist opening but will be at its stunning peak in 3-5 years.
Patrick Piuze Chablis Grand Cru Blancots 2009 Magnum $159.99
A truly elegant example of Grand Cru Chablis, the Blancots displays textbook notes of wet stone, gardenia and ripe apple skin. A powerful long finish and bracing acidity with a depth of concentration which suggests a glorious future. Hide the Blancots away for 5-7 years.
Patrick Piuze Chablis Grand Cru Bougros ”Cote de Bouqueryaux” 2009 Magnum $179.99
The most powerful of all Piuze’s expressions, this bottling is from a .12 hectare parcel of the classic Bougros vineyard. With a positively eye opening level of concentration, there are notes of cream, citrus, dusty limestone and salt water taffy ending with a decadently mouth coating finish. The Bougros will be absolutely stunning with 5-7 years of bottle age.
“I highly recommend trying a few examples of the Piuze wines if your taste runs to pure and completely unadorned classically styled Chablis.”