Le P'tit Paysan bottle

Le P'tit Paysan

Chardonnay, 2015

Ian Brand was a vagabond surfer in Santa Cruz. He got a job on a bottling line—and kept getting promoted. By 2007 he was 30, had $2,000 and dreams of a wine career. He and his wife, Heather, ventured south along the coast in search of underappreciated vineyards for their own wine—which was an immediate hit. For this special Blue Apron project, Brand worked with grapes from two old-vine plots in remote, dry, rocky areas to create an especially zesty, crisp Chardonnay.

Profile

Le P’tit Paysan Chardonnay has no oak or buttery flavors. Instead, it’s loaded with crisp-green-apple, mineral and floral notes, and it leaves your mouth watering for sip after refreshing sip.

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High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Pale straw
APPEARANCE
Pale straw
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Honeysuckle sillo
Honeysuckle
Green apple granny sillo
Green apple
Crushed stones sillo
Crushed stones
Orange blossom sillo
Orange blossom

Pairing

Instantly mouthwatering wines such as Chablis—as well as Chenin Blanc, Vermentino and some Rieslings—possess a certain je ne sais quoi. They have a stony flavor that we perceive as subtle saltiness, which is why the residents of Brittany’s seaside towns slurp these wines enthusiastically with freshly shucked oysters.

TASTING TIP

To detect high acidity—a good thing!—note how the wine feels on your teeth and gums. Acidity is what refreshes your palate for the next bite of food.

Serve a crisp white to help dial back the delightfully spicy heat of this classic dish. Eat well and drink well!

Pop a crisp, zippy wine that'll balance this dish's salty-savory flavor combo, and also cut the eggy richness.

A crisp, minerally white will cut the cheesy richness and help marry in the sweet persimmon flavor.

Spice is nice—and even better with a crisp, minerally white to dial back that heat and give the dish's other flavors a pop.

A crisp, minerally white will complement the dish's spicy-sweet flavor combo and help the other ingredients stand out.

In lieu of a mojito, pour a crisp, dry white to match those classic, tangy flavors (pickles and mustard) of this classic dish.

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More About The Wine

San Benito County, just inland from Monterey Bay, is cool, sunny and dry. The lack of water forces the vines to extend their roots deep into the rocky soil to fill their tiny grapes with nutrients and flavor. “The brightness, the minerality and the salinity of the sea air make this place special,” Brand says. You’ll taste these characteristics in the wine.

DID YOU KNOW?

This wine’s grapes come from such dry, inhospitable areas, the vines’ leaf canopy hardly grows. All the vines’ energy goes toward filling the grapes with flavor.

  • VARIETY
    Chardonnay
  • VINTAGE
    2015
  • VINEYARD
    76% Wheeler Ranch, 24% Quail Run
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    San Benito County, California
  • OAK
    No oak (stainless steel)
  • SOIL
    River stones, decomposed granite
  • ALCOHOL
    14.2%
  • FARMING
    Conventional
San benito county california white

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