Domaine Hervé Azo, 2019 Petit Chablis
This wine has a textbook nose of citrus and crushed stone followed by a wine of surprising intensity and richness.
Petit Chablis is a much maligned appellation because much of it is located outside of the traditional grape growing region of Chablis. In fact many of these vineyards are located in areas where, historically, grains were the primary crop. However, within the area around Chablis, there are many fine vineyards bearing this appellation. They are located on the crowns of the hills whose slopes bear the Chablis and Chablis Premier Cru status. The soil of these vineyards has a lower clay content which generally makes for wines which are not as round and fat. However, in a vintage such as 2006, ripeness was not a problem, and Azo’s Petit Chablis will stand tall along side of many wines from the region with a more prestigious pedigree.