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Champagne Petit & Bajan Blanc de Blancs Nuit Blanche Grand Cru NV Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Petit & Bajan Blanc de Blancs Nuit Blanche Grand Cru NV

Petit & Bajan is one of our greatest Champagne discoveries in the past couple years…and this exceptional Blanc de Blancs proves why!

$68
$103

Retail

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Flavor Profile: Lemon blossoms, acacia, lemon meringue, brioche, orange, almonds, brown butter, and hints of chervil
Time on Lees: 36 months
Dosage: 3 g/L
Farming Method: Sustainable Practices

Why We Love It...

100% chardonnay, from estate vines found on pure chalk soils of the Côte des Blancs in the Grand Cru villages of Avize, Oger, and Cramant. If you were one of the fortunate to nab some of this chardonnay beauty before – now’s your chance to re-up! And if you’ve yet to taste this delectable ambrosia – today is your lucky day!

Richard Petit and Véronique Bajan’s marriage would eventually unite his family’s holdings in Avize – prime chardonnay lots in the Côte des Blancs passed down for generations – with Véronique’s family holdings in Verzenay, where pinot noir reigns supreme in the Grand Cru lands of Montagne de Reims. This was in 2008, and in the short time since, their reputation has grown considerably. It was Richard’s longtime neighbor, the legendary Anselme Selosse (who has run one of Champagne's preeminent houses, Jaques Selosse, since 1980), who served as their mentor as they transitioned from growers to grower-producers (a récoltant-manipulant). In keeping with his teachings, they make Champagne from fully ripe grapes, producing full and hearty wines that have a weight and vinosity to them, without sacrificing one iota of freshness and verve. The complexity of their base wines could stand alone as something worthy of bottling – but then, the transformational magic that is the very heart of Champagne elevates things to even greater heights!

Regardless of the vintage, these folks are often the last to pick their grapes, up to three weeks later than their neighbors. The grapes are fermented and aged as though they were to be bottled like White Burgundy, sometimes spending up to two years in barrel before bottling for a minimum of three years on the lees on their journey to becoming world-class Champagne. An Extra Brut level dosage of 3g/liter at disgorgement (even though labeled as Brut, Richard, and Véronique never really go above Extra Brut levels) completes the winemaking process, but the wines are held for an additional 30 months prior to release. That’s a lot of investment into each bottle, and I’d love to be a fly on the wall for the back and forth between their accountant about the cost and benefit of such a course. But, as ever, the results speak for themselves – this is truly one of the most exceptional Champagnes under $75 to be had anywhere. 

The entire holdings of Richard and Véronique amount to less than seven acres – with only two acres dedicated to chardonnay – making this an exceptionally small production. Gorgeously aromatic, this wine is loaded with lemon blossoms and acacia flowers, lemon meringue, and hints of chervil. More citrus follows on the palate as pomelo and orange notes counterbalance rich and luscious notes reminiscent of a Parisian bakery. Brioche, toasted almonds, browned butter…just sumptuous to the last. There is real verve and depth to this wine, and one that I imagine will only get better over time…but rather tempting to pop in the here and now! So get three at least…one for now, one for later, and one just because!

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Cote des Blancs
Varietal: Chardonnay
Blend: Chardonnay
Winemaker: Richard Petit
Farming Method: Sustainable Practices
Alcohol: 12%
Pair it with: Grilled Mahi Mahi with pineapple salsa

About the Producer

Champagne Petit & Bajan is the partnership between Richard and Véronique Petit. Between them, their families bring together two Grands Terroirs of Champagne: Avize and Verzenay. All of their vineyards are classified grand cru and farmed sustainably. In 2008, after many meetings and tastings they decided to produce their own wine.  With attention to detail in the vineyard and the cellar, Richard and Véronique produce wines that are pure, sharp and elegant. A Champagne house that is one of the rising stars to keep an eye on. 

Champagne Petit & Bajan Blanc de Blancs Nuit Blanche Grand Cru NV

$68
$103

Retail

34

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