2019 Clotilde Davenne Petit Chablis

Chablis, France

Lively citrus and stone fruit flavours combine in this delightful Chardonnay from Chablis.


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About the Wine

Petit Chablis is a classification for Chardonnay from the Chablis region which often comes from younger vines grown in less ancient soil on the tops of hills, rather than the better sites for the more premium Chablis AOC, Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines.

However, it's best not to think of Petit Chablis as a "lesser" wine, something which Clotilde Davenne has well and truly proven with her Petit Chablis, which punches well above its weight. Grown on an incredibly steep hill (which apparently no one else wanted), Davenne has shown she could master the site.

What you notice most about this wine is its freshness and vitality, with beautiful stone fruit flavours, saltiness and minerality. Enjoy with cheeses.

About Clotilde Davenne

Having not come from a winemaking family, Clotilde Davenne had to forge her own path. Having studied oenology in 1986, she then did vintage in California before returning to France to work for the famed Jean-Marc Brocard in Chablis. After working with him for 17 years, Davenne had accrued excellent knowledge of the region's terroir and styles.

In 2005 she started her own label, with a small plot designated Petit Chablis, mainly because of its northern exposure (seen as a negative). Since that time, she has amassed more vineyards and gained an excellent reputation due to the high quality of her wines. No oak is used for cellaring them, resulting in wines that are fresh and pure.

Clotilde Davenne amongst her vines
Clotilde Davenne amongst her vines
Chablis, France
Additional Info

From the Importer

Aromatics: Notes of white flowers (hawthorn, acacia) mixed with citrus and grapefruit with a mineral, flinty edge.

Palate: The palate is lively, crisp with aromas of peach, white fleshy fruit and lovely roundness. Salty and mineral, this Petit Chablis has plenty of length and vibrancy.

About the wine: No one wanted to buy this land in the 90's: it was far too steep! Clotilde knew this place had potential because of the kimmeridgien limestone terroir usually reserved to higher level Chablis and 1er Cru. The only reason it's considered Petit Chablis is due to its northern exposition, however full ripening is not an issue these days! This is truly a unique flavourful Petit Chablis amongst the very best at this level. On lees until bottling. Unoaked.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 12%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2026
Bottle Size : 750ml

Autumn colours in the vineyard
Autumn colours in the vineyard
Chablis, France

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