2020 Domaine De Oliveira Lecestre Petit Chablis
Your everyday, go-to wine! The palate is lively, crisp, mineral-driven and pure, marked by a flinty finish. Produced using sustainable farming practices.
Petit Chablis wines can come from a larger growing area than those specified under the Chablis AOC. They are generally fresh, steel vinified, and meant to be consumed young.
Originally from Portugal, the De Oliveira family emigrated from Portugal to Chablis during the early part of the 20th century, long before Chablis boasted the viticultural renown that it does today. The family established themselves in the local logging industry and simply made wine on the side, though everything changed during the 1950s, when Mr. De Oliveira began tending vines for William Fèvre at the young age of 14.
By the age of 24, De Oliveira saved enough money to purchase his first parcel of land and plant his very own vines. Over the years, he continued to acquire new land to plant new vineyards on, and by 1965, officially transitioned to winemaking full time. Today, Domaine De Oliveira Lecestre encompasses 50 hectares of vines across Chablis, spanning from Petit Chablis-designated areas to village-level, premier cru, and grand cru.
The wines are vinified and aged exclusively in stainless steel tanks, and reflect the perfect typicity of Chablis. The Petit Chablis is particularly noteworthy, as it comes from vineyards located on the plateau just a stone’s throw from Les Clos Grand Cru.
Today Mr. De Oliveira is officially retired, but he continues to be an active presence at the domaine which is run by his son-in-law Benjamin Quevreux, daughter and granddaughter.
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2019 Domaine De Oliveira Lecestre Petit Chablis: Tasting Notes
Petit Chablis is just a more pedestrian form of the higher Chablis designation, right?
The myth has long persisted that petit in this instance is code for “lesser”, and describes an unremarkable wine which is for drinking with people you’re not trying to impress. And while it’s true that Petit Chablis is perhaps not as nuanced as Grand or Premier Cru designations of the same varietal, these differences are intentional, and represent a long-cultivated conversation between the winemaker and the range of soils which exist within the Chablis appellation.
The Domaine De Oliveira Lecestre Petit Chablis is a beautiful example of this hundred-year-old dialogue. In general, Petit Chablis are characterized by a fresh palate decorated with florals, citrus fruits, and notes of minerality. Accessible as a pantry staple, this delicious wine does the genre justice with acacia flowers, lemon, a limestone minerality, and an exciting dash of white pepper on the tongue. This wine is meant to be drunk young, so be sure to enjoy it soon after you welcome it into your home.
2019 Domaine De Oliveira Lecestre Petit Chablis: Region & Vineyard
Chablis, Petit and Grand alike, are part of a small appellation existing within the larger and utterly iconic winemaking region of Burgundy, which sits just east of the center of France. Grapes grown within the Chablis boundary consist exclusively of the Chardonnay varietal, which grow in Kimmeridgian soil – made up of lime, fossilized mollusk shells, and clay – where they take on a unique flavor profile that distinguishes true Chablis from foreign pretenders.
The age of the specific soil, as well as variation in sun exposure, creates the true distinction between a Petit Chablis and a Chablis bottle. Petit Chablis begins its journey in Portlandian soil, which is a younger variety of its Kimmeridgian cousin, and contributes a fresher flavor profile in the resulting elixir.
Chablis sits in the north of Burgundy, where hot, dry summers and freezing winters force the growers to fight tooth-and-nail to raise their vines. We are personally grateful for the labors of these diligent and hard-working winemakers.
2019 Domaine De Oliveira Lecestre Petit Chablis: Food Pairing Ideas
Wine made from Chardonnay grapes typically pairs best with fruit de mer or a big pile of carbohydrates, and the 2019 Domaine De Oliveira Lecestre Petit Chablis is true to this particular tradition. Soils in Chablis exhibit high levels of fossilized oyster shells, which extend a very specific invitation to seafood once the wine reaches its final form.
The deceptively unpretentious white has a range of potential matches, from pan-seared scallops and linguine, to prawn yakisoba, (take a breath) to buttery lobster rolls, to leftovers-potato-salad and fish fingers. Michelin meals or grab-and-go weeknight fare on the menu, with this Petit Chablis in hand as your go-to staple, the culinary world is quite literally your oyster.