Country, Region: France, Burgundy
Appellation: Petit Chablis
100 % Chardonnay from vines ranging in age from 40 to 70 years. The fruit is whole-bunch pressed to stainless steel tanks for a cool fermentation with indigenous yeast. Malolactic conversion is completed with indigenous bacteria and the wine is matured on fine lees in tank for 4 months prior to bottling.
A native of Beine in the Chablis region, Christophe Patrice began working in the family business with his father and uncles in 1996. In 2006 he started his own venture with five hectares of vines. In 2011 he acquired the Daniel Roblot estate increasing his holdings to 22 hectares with an average vine age of 50-70 years. Today the domain has parcels in the communes of Beine, Courgis and Chablis and produces Petit Chablis, Chablis and Chablis Premier Cru Beauregard.
The vineyards are planted at a low density of 5 800 vines per hectare and managed following a lutte raisonnée (sustainable) regimen. For Christophe, Chardonnay expresses itself in Chablis like nowhere else, so he insists on vinifying his wines entirely in stainless steel tanks to preserve their typicity and freshness.