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2011 Patrick Piuze Chablis Les Forêts

Removed from a professional wine storage facility

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RATINGS

92Vinous / IWC

...direct, pointed and nicely articulated. Honey, almond and pear notes flesh out in a wine that combines the up-front, generous style...plenty of underlying minerality and acidity. The textured, layered finish is particularly striking.

91Wine Spectator

There's an intensity to the lemon, pear and sweet spice flavors in this lean and balanced white. The citrus note echoes on the vibrant finish.

89-91The Wine Advocate

...layered with crushed rocks, saline notes, apricots and yellow stone fruits. It captures an attractive combination of minerality and fleshiness. Layers of fruit built to the creamy, expressive finish.

17Jancis Robinson

First essence of pear, then a golden tea-leaf note, then something almost biscuity, layers of flavour that keep changing and moving. Wonderful length, and intensity.

REGION

France, Burgundy, Chablis, Les Forets

Chablis is the northernmost region of Burgundy, located just 110 miles southeast of Paris. It is also one of the region’s most historic, and by some measures most under-rated, appellations. In the 19th century Chablis included 100,000 acres of vineyards and supplied Paris with much of its red and white wine. Today Chablis has just 7,000 acres of AOC vineyards, having lost many to the 19th century phylloxera scourge. Chablis is admired by white wine cognoscenti, however, for its Chardonnays, which are notably different from the Chardonnays produced further south. Chardonnay is the only grape grown for the Chablis appellation – there are no red wines. Chablis has seven Grand Cru vineyards and twenty-two Premier Crus. Given its northern location, harvests are not dependable in Chablis. But in good years the wines are generally described as “flinty,” meaning more acidic, steely, austere and mineral tasting than the fuller, fruitier Chardonnays of the Côte d’ Or. In the 20th century, Chablis’ wider recognition as a venerable wine-producing region suffered from the fact that bulk wine producers in California and Australia made unappealing white jug wine blends of various white grapes, rarely including Chardonnay, which they marketed as “Chablis.”

TYPE

White Wine, Chardonnay, Chablis Premier Cru

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.