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2011 Patrick Piuze Chablis 1er Cru "Fourchaume"

SKU #1112479 89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The juicy, expressive personality of the vintage comes through nicely in the 2011 Chablis Fourchaume. Layers of forward, open fruit build to the textured finish. The Fourchaume is one of the most outwardly opulent of the 2011s at this stage. It is mostly a wine of fruit and texture. Patrick Piuze adds that Fouchaume has the narrowest window of optimal harvest dates of the plots he works with, so getting the picking date right is absolutely critical. Anticipated maturity: 2013+. 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. 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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