Andrew Guard

2019 Petit Chablis, Christophe et Fils

Chablis, about midway between Beaune and Paris, possesses the cool continental climate and fossil-strewn limestone soils that imbue Chardonnay with unique traits not found in any other Chardonnay wines - the portlandian limestone soils in Petit Chablis provide for wines of bracing refreshment while bearing the mark of the terroir: notes of lime, seashells, white flowers, iodine and an energizing acidity that stings the palate.

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 2019 vintage in Chablis has produced wines with a tighter frame than the sun kissed 2018's - this has great zest and drive!

Sebastien Christophe is a name that I had been hearing for quite some time from some of the growers that I work with whenever the subject of Chablis came up. The Domaine Christophe is only 9 years old and founded with vines inherited by his Grandfather. Despite being such a young estate the quality and exacting nature of his work has meant that his wines are eagerly sought out and quickly sold out despite him being completely unknown by the media.  His success has  come completely by word of mouth.

As a man Sebastien is energetic and quizzical, perhaps even restless but it is easy to see he has that special 'je ne sais quoi' found in all the best winemakers. Every aspect of his viticulture and vinification is thought out and effected with precision. There is nuance and fine detail in his wines that pleases the toughest connoisseurs and they are nicely concentrated thanks to Sebastien's understanding  of the importance of low yields.