Top 10 Wines 2011 (#5) Patrick Piuze Petit Chablis 2010
We first tasted Patrick Piuze wines last year in the form of his Montee de Tonnerre (which, incidentally, is our favorite premier cru Chablis). What stood out was its lazer focus, intense minerality and depth of citrus flavors. Of course, at $50 per bottle, you’d kind of expect a decent wine.
So when we saw his entry level 2010 Petit Chablis priced at less than half that, we decided to give it a try without expecting much. What impressed us the most is how much the style of the wine remained true to the Montee de Tonnerre. The tart citrus fruit was still there, albeit less complex. And the oh-so-recognizable Chablis minerality was front and center.
There are no corners cut in Patrick Piuze’s production of this Petit Chablis, so although it isn’t the cheapest on the market, we still think it’s worth every penny.