Few in burgundy haven’t heard about the great and unconventional Patrick Piuze.
Born in 1973 in Quebec, Canada, Piuze met Marc Chapoutier when he was 18 who pushed him to get started in wine-producing. Patrick travelled all over the world, working in several wineries in Australia, South Africa and Israel, thanks to Chapoutier. Later he returned to Quebec and opened a wine bar called “Le Pinot Noir” in the center of Montreal.
His experience in catering and hospitality inevitably helped him but deep down, the vineyards and cellars were calling him.
In the summer of 2000, Patrick left Canada and moved to Burgundy, arguably the most renowned wine region in the world. There, he joined Olivier Leflaive in Puligny-Montrachet for the harvest season. After having completed a course at the Beaune CFPPA (Centre de Formation Professionnelle et de Promotion Agricole), he was entrusted with Leflaive’s Chablis winemaking.
There, he deepened his knowledge of Chablis, before moving to La Maison Verget, four years later, where Jean-Marie Guffens continued his education in terroir. His reputation grew, with his name becoming synonymous with excellent winemaking. This led to him being appointed cellar master of Jean-Marc Brocard.
In 2008, Piuze took on his biggest challenge yet in founding his own winery.
His goal and focus is to differentiate between “wine grower” and “winemaker”. Absolutely crazy about the terroir of Chablis, he has also become meticulous in his grape picking and the winemakers he works with. Despite machines being the norm in Chablis, Piuze harvests everything by hand, with the help of a carefully selected team.
Through this, Piuze continues to express Chablis’ varied terroir, and give us a new sensation and experience, with every sip, from every cuvee. Old vineyards in the best pockets of Chablis are his focus, however he dabbles across Grand Crus, Premier Crus and Villages alike in order to produce a varied range. In total he produces 110,000 bottles per year.
L’Imperatrice is holding a tasting of Patrick Piuze’s Chablis on Saturday 29th July. For more information on how you can attend, find out here.