This friable permutation of limestone, melded to the cool climate of Burgundy’s northern reaches, imparts an underlying energy, tension and the sort of poise, intensity of flavour and giddy drinkability of few other Chardonnay. Bright and transparent in its youth, Petit Chablis’ uncluttered nature becomes paradoxically complex with bottle age.
Think nashi pear, Granny Smith, flecks of stone fruit and a whirl of citrus. With age, toasted nuts and truffle. The acidity is crunchy, juicy and gently saline. The finish, long and effortless. The wine’s ease, belied by subtle complexity and a moreish savouriness that is quintessential Chardonnay from the regional crucible of Burgundy and its spiritual apogee of Chablis.
As the name alludes, Petit Chablis is hewn of fruit from the lower lying sites, rather than the hillside vineyards. Here, the grapes are often a little more ripe and the subsequent styles of wine a bit fleshier and more accessible.