We are delighted to offer you a first view of the highly anticipated 2020 Burgundy vintage, through the excellent wines of Chablis’s supremely talented, Canadian born winemaker, Patrick Piuze.
“His wines rank among Chablis’s finest... anyone looking for top-quality artisanal Chablis should include Piuze’s wines on their shopping list.”
William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
The Producer – Patrick Piuze
Patrick’s wine journey began in 2000 when he travelled to France, for what was originally a one-month internship at Olivier Leflaive’s Chablis négoce label. He never did make it back to Canada! Patrick spent the following 8 years working with prestigious winemakers across the region, including Olivier Leflaive and Jean-Marie Guffens of Verget, leading up to becoming cellar master for Jean-Marc Brocard. In the summer of 2008, Patrick decided it was time for him to go it alone and started his own winery in Chablis.
Patrick is a maverick; his wines mirror his drive, infectious personality, and encyclopaedic knowledge of Chablis’s terroir. Although he only works with purchased fruit, he has full control over how his chosen parcels – situated in all the great sites – are managed. It is pertinent to mention Patrick has this influence due to his longstanding relationships with his contractors, many of whom are investors in the business.
His love of terroir shines through in all his wines, from the EIGHT different village-level bottlings (each giving a distinctive expression of terroir), to his various 1er and Grand Cru’s. We are lucky enough to have represented Patrick’s wines in the UK market since the 2016 vintage and we are proud to offer his magnificent to 2020s to you today.
The Vintage – 2020
The headline here is that 2020 (“the COVID vintage”) is a hugely successful vintage for Chablis. It is, however, a fascinating, even perplexing, vintage given the growing season. Chablis experienced the warmest 12 months of temperatures on record, so water stress was a concern. Yet this resulted in little disease in the vineyard, so the grapes were healthy. These healthy grapes, despite the early growing season and picking dates, also matured very slowly due to the water stress and a cooler than expected August. This slow maturation enabled the grapes to retain good levels of acidity while also becoming very concentrated but, importantly, not alcoholic or unbalanced. In broad terms, Patrick’s wines can be characterised by their (neo)classicism: there is an intense citrus fruit character, exceptional minerality, clarity and freshness, with a fine bead of acidity through most wines. The best wines will be long lived (something Patrick is renowned for) however, it is hard to see these wines shutting down, making them readily approachable from an early age.
With very little wine made in 2021 (we are looking at production being 80% down on an average vintage), the scarcity of Burgundy, at all levels, is going to be an issue for merchants and consumers moving forward. 2020, therefore, represents an opportunity to ensure that your cellar is filled with the wines you enjoy, while also adding a few new bottlings to explore over the coming years. With Patricks variety, quality and value for money, he is a producer we advise to “go long” on.
Please see the complete selection of 2020s from Patrick Piuze below and do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to take a case or two (or even a selection) of these great wines. As always, we are here to discuss any of the wines, or the vintage as a whole, should you have any questions.
NB. Wines available for delivery or transfer December 2021
Notes from Latimer Vintners & Neal Martin, Vinous.com
The wines can be ordered directly online or by contacting your account manger. Please see our offer details below.