2017 Patrick Piuze Chablis Grand Cru "Blanchots"

SKU #1418363 94 points John Gilman

 The 2017 Blanchots from Patrick Piuze is far more closed down on the palate than any of the grand crus to precede it in this lineup, but it does offer a quite expressive nose out of the blocks of tangerine, apple, chalky soil tones, a touch of grapefruit and a topnote of orange peel. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with a reserved personality, fine cut and grip and a long, primary and perhaps very, very promising finish. This is going to certainly be very good when it blossoms, but I do not get the sense that it will be able to quite catch the excellent quality of the Côte de Bouqueyreaux this year. 2025-2065.  (1/2019)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Blanchots is quite exotic and gourmand, wafting from the glass with notes of orange blossom, peaches and honeycomb. On the palate, it's full-bodied, rich and textural, with lovely salinity and succulent acids. Cheerful, candid and industrious, Quebecois Patrick Piuze celebrates the tenth anniversary of his négociant operation this year, and there's no denying that his presence has enriched the region. At this address, hand-harvested grapes are pressed firmly, their juice fermented in used barrels and stainless steel, with sur lie élevage of comparatively short duration, since Piuze wished to capture the maximum of freshness and energy. The resulting wines are elegantly textural but incisive, clearly differentiated by site. This is also the best address to explore the Chablis AOC, as Piuze produces a number of cuvées and lieu-dit bottlings designed to highlight the diversity that this large appellation encompasses. 2017s at this address are an unmitigated success, classic in profile, with charming fruit but tangy balancing acids. Readers interested to get a sense of how Piuze's wines evolve should look out for my forthcoming ten year retrospective tastings that I conducted a few days after reviewing these 2017s. (WK)  (8/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Subtle, yet evocative of white peach, apple and stone flavors, all embedded in a rich texture. Open and backed by lively acidity, with fine length. Drink now through 2024. (BS, Web only-2019)

K&L Notes

92-95 points Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "At the front end of the valley where there is a little more soil and better ripening conditions. Pale lemon colour, light fruit and floral notes. Stylish with a lively pure backbone, some white peaches, the flavours just keep coming." (01/2019)


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By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2019 | Send Email
Patrick Piuze is a successful French Canadian making exquisite wines in Chablis. Before starting his own domaine in 2008 he worked for Olivier Leflaive and Jean-Marc Brocard and today has become one of the most revered winemakers in the region. His wines are so complex, I always discover something new each time I put my nose to the glass or take the next sip. Green apple, apricot, tropical fruits, hazelnuts, salinity, racy acidity and good weight - it's all here. This is a serious Chablis with incredible energy.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- 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, M√Ęcon, 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.
Country:

France

- 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.
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Chablis

- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.