Christophe et Fils Petit Chablis 2020 is amazing. It tastes of flint and soot, yellow and white fruits. Christophe et Fils Petit Chablis is very light on day one, it tastes like it is from the South of the river. On the palate, it is mineral, oyster shell, stoney with green olives red apples. It has good weight with jubes, aniseed, brine and chalk. Steely acid cuts through and keeps the palate long.
The only problem is, I tend to like to drink my Petit Chablis, this one almost needs 12 months to maybe 7 years to show its best. Drinking Christophe et Fils Petit Chablis 2020 over several nights showed the class of this wine.
Christophe et Fils Petit Chablis 2020, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
Christophe et Fils Petit Chablis 2020 is lean, tight, mineral and acid driven at first. On nights two and three more of the floral and green fruits come out. Christophe et Fils Petit Chablis 2020 is not an overt style of wine. The subtly and layers to Christophe et Fils Petit Chablis 2020 wine make it a real stunner.
I’d pair Christophe et Fils Petit Chablis 2020 with a simple fish carpaccio or stemmed white fish with fresh herbs. As I said above, I think Christophe et Fils Petit Chablis 2020 will improve over the next 1 – 7 years.
Christophe et Fils Petit Chablis 2020 Wine Importer Notes
Andrew Guard, Importer of Christophe et Fils Petit Chablis
“This Petit Chablis comes from a few parcels near his winery located on the plateau that sits just above the Grand Cru slope and the great vineyard, Montée de Tonnerre. This wine is exceptional every year and quite frankly I have yet to taste a better Petit Chablis especially at the price – the 2020 vintage in Chablis has produced wines with a tight frame with great zest and drive!”
Sebastien Christophe is a brilliant young winemaker well worth following. Domaine Christophe is a new estate founded with vines inherited by his Grandfather.
His eye for detail and precision in the vineyard and winery helps him craft nuanced and fine Chablis. Concentrated due to low yields with classic flavours, elegant palates, and nervy acids. Even the Petit Chablis tastes like it will improve with time in the bottle.
Christophe et Fils Chablis is never around for long, so if you see some for sale, buy it now.
The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge, some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region, and so each small plot has a name.
On the bottom of the Chablis hierarchy, Petit Chablis is often from lesser sites and sometimes not on the Kimmeridgian soils that make Chablis taste like Chablis. I often find that a Petit Chablis is like a Non-Vintage Champagne in that it reflects the producer’s house style more than site or vintage. The best are wonderful, just like a small Chablis and they can be wonderfully cheap too
The Kimmeridgian soils that make Chablis taste like Chablis are evident in these wines. They have more definition of the region and more structure than a Petit Chablis. But without the fruit weight and intensity of the better sites. Great wines for drinking young or youngish.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool-climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.
The land that some many New World (not European) wine producers look to emulate. To generalise about French wine, I would say it is savoury, lighter-bodied wines. They are the definition of elegant, complex. There are many styles, though. And there is a French wine for every palate. They lead the world in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy. Sparkling Wine in Champagne. Cabernet and Merlot in Bordeaux. Syrah(Shiraz) and Grenache in the Rhone Valley. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris in Alsace. Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley. Gamay in Beaujolais.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.
It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t age for as long.
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