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2015 Petit Chablis, Isabelle et Denis Pommier

2015 Petit Chablis, Isabelle et Denis Pommier

White | Ready, but will improve | Isabelle et Denis Pommier | Code:  45940 | 2015 | France > Burgundy > Chablis > Petit Chablis | Chardonnay | Medium Bodied, Dry | 12.5 % alcohol


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WA - The 2015 Petit Chablis has a crisp, chalky bouquet that opens with a sense of confidence in the glass. The palate is well balanced at the beginning, although it then falls a little flat and calls out for more tension on the finish. Drink over the next two or three years.
Neal Martin - 31/08/2017

The Producer

Isabelle et Denis Pommier

Isabelle et Denis Pommier

Isabelle and Denis Pommier are based just outside Chablis, in Poinchy, where they have built up the domaine to 16 hectares from a base of two hectares inherited from Denis’s grandparents. The domaine is farmed organically and will be fully certified from the 2014 vintage.

The Premier Cru wines are picked by hand and vinified in a mix of stainless steel and barrel. The domaine comprises Petit Chablis, Chablis, and Chablis Premiers Crus Beauroy, Côte de Léchet and Fourchaume

The Grape



Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

The Region

Petit Chablis

Petit Chablis

The lowliest of the four Chablis appellations with 400ha out of a possible 1800ha under vine. Some argue that the Portlandian limestone clay soil here is inferior to the Kimmeridgean version that exists in the superior appellations, but it is more likely that aspect, microclimate and other factors are more important.

There are moves to abolish this appellation and convert it to ‘Chablis’ as many see it (in the words of Rosemary George MW) as ‘more petty than petit’. But this looks unlikely to happen anytime soon. Overall quality here is disappointing, although from a good producer Petit Chablis can be a good value, slightly lighter version of Chablis.

Recommended Producers: Séguinot-Bordet

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