My last winetasting was a Petit Chablis and it got me thinking what exactly is a Petit Chablis, do they use smaller grapes or something?
Turns out it’s a sort of quality label. All Chablis wines come from a wine sub region of Burgundy in Northern France, basdd es around the town if Chablis, and are made with Chardonnay grapes. The difference in the quality labels (petit Chablis, Chablis, Premier Cru and Grand Cru) is largely down terroir: quality of the soil, exposure to sun, steepness of the slopes etc though there is also some differences in techniques used such as the Crus are usually aged in oak more.
The saying used to go that: “Petit Chablis is for drinking with strangers, Chablis you open when friends come round, Premier Cru is for when you have family and Grand Cru is for you to share with just your partner… or when they have gone to bed.”
However this is no longer the case and some modern wine experts argue that the difference between Petit Chablis and Chablis is largely a matter of style rather than quality. The former is fresher, lighter, less complex for easy drinking.
Check out this article by the-buyer.net for more info. (Click on image below to open the article)