“For a fine Chardonnay, these are bargains. … Not much is imported, so when you find one, try it.”That’s Wine Enthusiast on Petit Chablis. Grapes here enjoy the same long ripening period as the vineyards in neighboring Chablis, but the trademark Portlandian soils (high-calcium clay) yield wines with a more fruity profile than steely, mineral-driven Chablis. And the Dampt family’s old-vine cuvée is one of finest we've come across …
That should come as no surprise. We go way back with the Dampts. Established in 1980, the small winery had a humble beginning – the building is actually a converted sheep shed. But there are no sheep around now – they've been replaced by a trophy cabinet full of awards.
For this exclusive Petit Chablis, brothers Eric, Emmanuel and Hervé used perfectly ripened grapes from a parcel of vieilles vignes ('old vines') – between 50 and 70 years of age! – growing on a fine hillside vineyard. Such old plants yield very little fruit, but what they lack in volume, they more than make up for in flavor concentration and complexity (as you’ll discover).
Look forward to bright citrus flavors and refreshing mineral notes. This crisp and vibrant Chardonnay makes mouthwatering aperitif, and is also great with seafood. Oysters are the classic pairing, but any fresh catch will do the trick.
Grab your share today. As noted above, very few cases were imported.