Sébastien’s Petit Chablis is sourced from a parcel of vines dating back to the 1960s located behind the Grand Cru slope, at altitudes up to 800 feet. The grapes are hand-harvested, and fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks with wild yeast.
Crisp and racy, with bracing limestone minerality, Sébastien’s Petit Chablis is delicious paired with raw oysters or enjoyed just by itself as an aperitif. About this wine producer: Beginning in 1998 with just 0,6 hectares of Petit Chablis at the top of the hill above the Grands Crus, Sébastien Christophe represents a new generation of winegrowers in Chablis: hard-driving, well-grounded in tradition, yet thoroughly familiar with modern winegrowing practices, and aware of the advantages and challenges that climate change has presented to this part of Burgundy. Today, Sébastien is responsible for more than thirty hectares of vines in the appellations Petit Chablis, Chablis AOC, three Chablis Premiers Crus, including Fourchaume, Mont du Milieu, and Montée de Tonnerre, as well as the Grand Cru Blanchot, where he farms the vines in lutte raisonée. At his tiny winery outside the hamlet of Fyé, on the right bank of the Serein opposite the town of Chablis, he produces about 70,000 bottles annually of some of the most exciting wines in the region, all fermented on the natural yeast in stainless steel tanks, with only about 10% of the wine matured in neutral, used oak barrels.