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Vendanges 2011 Petit Chablis shot in the Los Angeles Times Studio on September 6, 2012. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Vendanges 2011 Petit Chablis shot in the Los Angeles Times Studio on September 6, 2012. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times/MCT) Purchase photo reprints »

A WINE TO TRY

2011 Patrick Piuze Petit Chablis

Burgundy

About $19e_SFlbCrisp and very dry.
Goes with: Oysters, steamed clams, whole roasted fish

What a pretty Chablis from young negociant and winemaker Patrick Piuze, a French Canadian who stopped to work the harvest in Burgundy 11 years ago and basically never went home again. After studying winemaking in Beaune, he oversaw Maison Olivier Leflaive’s line of Chablis. Now he has his own project and makes a whole slew of classic grand cru and premier cru Chablis. The bargain, though, is this 2011 Petit Chablis, a Chardonnay made from grapes grown at higher elevations or on mixed limestone soils in the Chablis region of northern Burgundy. Crisp and tightly woven, it is fermented with indigenous yeasts, a lovely bottle to drink with a platter of oysters, steamed clams or a whole fish baked under a salt crust.

— S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times

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