Rock star winemaker Patrick Piuze is a Montreal native who took the region by storm in the early 2000’s. Entrusted with Olivier Leflaive’s new Chablis winery, then winemaker at Verget, and finally Head Winemaker at Jean‐Marc Brocard, Patrick was well respected by the time he set his own winery in 2008. A maverick in wine-making technique, he insists on hand harvesting and utilizes a lot of Jean-Marc Roulot’s cellar philosophy. He is a walking encyclopedia of the rolling hillsides and valleys of this chalk and limestone Mecca, and this shows in the unique character of each of his wines. "Les Roncières" is a sub-climat of the Premier Cru Vaillons that commands an Eastern exposure on thin chalk and Kimmeridgian limestone sub-soil. This higher concentration of limestone gives the wine incredible expression of minerality and salinity, backed with a laser like acidity. Complex aromas of lemon blossom, white pepper, peach, and herbs make this wine a sensory treasure.
(from 35-year-old vines planted east-west, resulting in less skin maturity; this sélection massale yielded just 48 hectoliters per hectare in 2015): Aromas of white fruits and chalk accented by peppery spices. Distinctly salty and classic, with lovely limey lift giving the middle palate a lovely perfumed quality. Long on personality and very saline on the long finish. I'm not sure I would have picked the vintage here. Roncières is a sub-climat of Vaillons, with its vines facing east.