Petit Chablis: a great white wine
On both sides of the Serein valley, the appellation of controlled origin Petit-Chablis was established in 1944. It forms one of the crowns of the Chablis region in the Yonne department. This appellation can be produced in all the communes of the Chablis vineyard.
Petit-Chablis wines cultivate aromas of white flowers mixed with citrus notes on a mineral background. One sometimes crosses there the peach, the white fruits. The mouth is generally lively and light, balanced in acidity. This enthusiastic attack is followed by a pleasant roundness. Its iodized breath belongs to the characters of the country. Its fatness matches its freshness to offer the palate a persistent and perfectly composed sensation. Petit-Chablis is best enjoyed young, but waiting two years is ideal. The Petit-Chablis lover will particularly appreciate the vintages offered by Domaine William Fèvre or La Chablisienne.
Petit Chablis: a great white wine
The white wine Petit Chablis benefits from an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée. It is a wine from the northern part of Burgundy. From an exclusively Chardonnay grape variety, this wine presents to the eye a brilliant light gold color. Green reflections can be distinguished.
On the nose, we find in Petit Chablis aromas of white flowers such as acacia and hawthorn, associated with citrus notes: grapefruit and lemon. A mineral background enhances this festival of subtle flavors. It is not rare to find notes of white fruits like peach.
On the palate, Petit Chablis presents vivacity combined with lightness. A subtle alliance! It then brings a frank roundness in mouth. The fatty aspect leaves a persistent fruity sensation quite delicious. Iodized aromas can still characterize the Petit Chablis which blossoms in vineyards far from the coast.
Petit Chablis is a dry white wine that can be categorized as a still wine, i.e. one that does not form bubbles when opened. There is no bubbling stage.
Perfect matches with Petit Chablis
The iodized aromas of this Petit Chablis white wine will perfectly match with seafood. It is also a perfect wine to accompany goat cheese or a fruity Gruyère cheese and why not a gouda cheese with a frank taste. Petit Chablis can be served as an aperitif or to accompany summer salads that will subtly mix greens and sparkling fruit.
The ideal temperature to serve and enjoy a Petit Chablis is 13°C. For wine lovers, we recommend that you enjoy it in a white Burgundy wine glass. Do not pour more than 10 cl in order to be able to feel each note and each aroma of Petit Chablis.
Geographical characteristics and climatic conditions
Petit Chablis white wine is produced in the vineyards of Chablis and Grand Auxerrois. The production area reached 1,100 hectares in 2018.
The vineyards are located at the top of the hillside or on the beginning of the plateau at an altitude varying on average between 230 and 280 meters, on either side of the green Serein valley. The soil is calcareous, even silty, and sandy in some places.
As far as the climate is concerned, this valley has a temperate-oceanic climate with continental tendencies. The amount of sunshine in the vineyards of Chablis is slightly lower than the national average.
The AOC Petit Chablis
This Appellation d'Origine Controlée has existed since 1944. It covers the vineyards located on both sides of the Serein valley, located in the Yonne department. The Petit Chablis rubs shoulders with other AOCs such as the Chablis Grand Cru and the Village Chablis Premier Cru.
Among all the wines of Chablis, Petit Chablis represents about 19% of the production. It also benefits from the European label Appellation d'Origine Protégée - AOP.