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2011 Patrick Piuze Chablis "Terroir de Chablis"

SKU #1094113 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2011 Chablis Terroir de Chablis, from the northern face of Forets, shows serious depth and minerality in support of the fruit. Lemon, citrus, white flowers and minerals are layered into the vibrant, saline finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012. Patrick Piuze is one of the most thoughtful producers in Chablis, so it is hardly a surprise that these wines continue to show significant improvement. One of the developments over the last year or so has been an experimentation with an old-fashioned mechanical press, which Piuze thinks may give him wines with a greater capacity to age, even if they are a bit tougher upon release. Given the considerable attention, and frankly mystery, that still surrounds the premature oxidation of white Burgundies, it is going to be very interesting to see what this approach yields. Piuze recently took over a section of the old Vocoret cellars in the center of town, which gives him some additional space, which was much needed. Unlike most of his peers, Piuze works exclusively with purchased fruit, most of it from vineyards he farms directly or supervises. Piuze makes a number of fabulous wines, but of particular interest are the "Terroir" series wines, which seek to highlight the unique qualities of each of the main villages within the Chablis appellation. As far as I know, no one else is making wines like this. Inner quote mark (8/2012)

K&L Notes

Patrick Piuze is a rising star negociant in Chablis, purchasing and making wines from grapes throughout Chablis under seventeen appellations at the village, 1er Cru and Grand Cru levels. Originally from Quebec, Patrick studied winemaking in Beaune and spent his first four years thereafter at Maison Olivier Leflaive, where he managed the full line of Chablis production. He moved on to further develop his talents as a winemaker with Jean-Marie Guffens at Verget and worked several vintages with Jean-Marc Brocard before striking out on his own in 2008. Patrick's winemaking is very hands-off or "laissez faire" in style; fermentations occur naturally with indigenous yeasts and he strives for as little intervention as possible in order to facilitate the truest expression of terroir in each wine.

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