Patrick Piuze Chablis Grand Vallee 2018 - 750ml

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The cool and restrained nose is mostly comprised by notes of mineral reduction though there are background nuances of iodine, green apple and white flowers in evidence. I like the power and intensity of the nicely refined medium weight flavors that display evident minerality on the very dry, youthfully austere and impressively long finish. This is potentially an outstanding villages and worth checking out provided that you have the intention of aging it for at least a few years first.  Barrel Sample: 89-91

91pts James Suckling

This has a very fresh, lithe and juicy feel with quite detailed structure. Multiple layers on the palate and a sleek, grapefruit and green-mango core of flavor. Long. Some minerals to close. Drink now.

91+pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

From the superior lieu-dit Les Pargues, a site that performed especially well this year, Piuze's 2018 Chablis La Grande Vallée unfurls in the glass with aromas of fresh pear, white currants, citrus oil, crushed shells and dried flowers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, tangy and incisive, with good depth and length and a saline finish. This will be even better with 12 months or more of bottle age to structurally unwind.

The 2018 vintage represents the tenth anniversary of Quebecois Patrick Piuze's 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 in old Vaslin presses, their juice fermented in used barrels and stainless steel, with sur lie élevage of comparatively short duration, because Piuze wished to capture the maximum of freshness and energy by early bottling. 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. While his 2018s are unlikely to hit quite such high heights, Piuze took pains to harvest in a timely fashion and has been rewarded by an abundant crop of fine wines, several highlights of which are indicated in the accompanying notes, and the wines come warmly recommended.



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