Petit & Bajan Nuit Blanche Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne (Elsewhere $55)

SKU #1355454 Jancis Robinson

 Pale gold. Cool, understated chalky floral nose. More lemon blossom than lemon. Dense but crystalline with shards of acidity. The leanest, most spiny of the Petit & Bajan champagnes – fiercely focused. (TC) 17+/20 points

K&L Notes

This refined blanc de blancs has an overall creamy, but lithe, texture. It has a crisp, taught energy that harmoniously plays with the nuanced hints of tropical fruit, and a citrus cut keeps it feeling definitively dry. A bright and lovely bubbly that can be enjoyed now and stashed for short-term enjoyment.

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2018 | Send Email
The excitement of the best of Avize is all here in this bottle. Like the best of Selosse, Bonville or Agrapart this wine is buzzing with chalky energy and manages both richness and cut at the same time. This wine is very dry, with a dosage of just 4g/l, but it has the natural roundness and toast to bring it into perfect balance. Sadly, what we have is all we will get, so I am buying my case now.

By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/17/2018 | Send Email
When our Champagne buyer comes back from his annual buy trip, we are always eager to see what awesome new wines he has discovered. The Petit Bajan Blanc de Blanc is one of those wines and what a gem it is! Complex and rich in texture, this Champagne expresses lemon peel, stone fruit with a nutty back end and solid acid backbone. Champagne fans should not miss this one!

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/13/2018 | Send Email
I was blown away by the complexity on this bottling. I did not expect so much toastiness from a Blanc de Blanc, but the aging time on the lees certainly lent that complexity. It's most definitely not one dimensional though. In true Blanc de Blanc style, when you throw that bright, chalky mineral Chardonnay in, you get a thorough hit of acidity to bring that palate back up from the brioche, almond quality, to intense, fresh, expressive citrus fruit notes. I kept having to go back finding so much going on in this wine, but in such a perfectly balanced format. This is my first introduction to this wife and husband team and it is one I'd be more than pleased to extend to others.

By: Cindy Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/13/2018 | Send Email
When two people come together, each owning prime vineyards in Avize and Verzenay, good things happen! The Petit and Bajan Blanc de Blanc is a 100% chardonnay beauty - full and expressive featuring citrus, white flowers and silky texture from extra time on the lees. A surprisingly low dosage keeps things fresh. This was a special find and I'm not sure if we will have it again - so grab some while you can!

By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/12/2018 | Send Email
I think I just found my new favorite Champagne for this summer! I love Blanc de Blancs style in general and this particular one has everything I adore. It's perfectly balanced, fresh crunchy acidity complements deep, rich texture and creates ethereal mouthfeel with especially prolonged finish, which (I swear!) doesn't want to quit! There is a hint of brioche on palate and aromatic Asian pear and Golden Delicious apple notes as well as touch of bright citrus. It's seems absolutely perfect and effortlessly seamless. I'll definitely buy it for my own consumption as soon as it arrives here.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/12/2018 | Send Email
The nuttiness on the palate of this graceful and elegant "Nuit Blanche" is the stuff of pure magic. I was immediately taken aback by this new arrival when Gary poured me a glass. It's fresh, lively, and simply gorgeous on the palate with plenty of depth, but that note of toasted almond brioche on the finish is simply to die for. I'd buy as much of this as you can afford.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/12/2018 | Send Email
Tired of Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs yet ? Me neither, and this is one of the most exciting Champagnes we’ve brought in lately. Made entirely from Cote de Blancs Chardonnay and in a beautiful twisted glass bottle, it has rich, concentrated flavors of lemon, citrus blossom and guava with classic Cote de Blancs minerality and added depth from perfectly integrated toast. Don’t let the low, 4-gram dosage fool you, this is explosive in terms of taste, precision and length.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5