2019 Garnier et Fils Petit Chablis
100% Chardonnay. Organic, fermented with natural yeast. Nothing diminutive about the quality of this stunning wine from Chablis! Long neglected, the upslope and outlying vineyards of Petit Chablis are only getting better and better in our warming world.
Tasting Notes: Bright lemon and pear flavors are tart and tangy in this medium bodied but zesty white. A refreshing citrus palate is cut by shards of crushed stone and a flourish of white flowers. It’s an easy-drinking, elegant wine to quaff alongside raw
oysters, goat cheese, or salad Niçoise.
About Garnier et Fils: Brothers Xavier and Jérôme Garnier share a passion for wine and the Chablis region, where their family has owned a 23-hectare estate for many decades. While their father sold grapes to negoçiants, the brothers began making their own wine in 1996, selling it to restaurants in and around Paris. Garnier & Fils uses traditional, environmentally friendly, organic practices; they harvest later than most, ferment with natural yeast, and age the wines in very large barrels. Improving every year, this exciting estate is already achieving greatness with its Chablis, which offers a delicate salinity that reflects the vineyard’s unique soil profile. Their wines include a Chablis Village, which is a lovely entry-level bottle, as well as 1er Cru and Grand Cru. Jérôme works the vineyards, and Xavier makes the wines. Together, they are leading a group of newer producers finding their voice in the northernmost part of Chablis. They recognize it takes much more work to produce high-quality wines in such a cool region. They are also proving the extra effort is well worth it, as the soft-spoken brothers go above and beyond to create beautifully balanced wines with exceptional ripeness, freshness, and minerality, boasting a lush mouthfeel and texture, as well as bright, textured acidity.