What a pretty Chablis from young négociant and winemaker Patrick Piuze, a French Canadian who stopped to work the harvest in Burgundy 11 years ago and basically never went home again. After studying winemaking in Beaune, he oversaw Maison Olivier Leflaive's line of Chablis. Now he has his own project and makes a whole slew of classic grand cru and premier cru Chablis. The bargain, though, is this 2011 Petit Chablis, a Chardonnay made from grapes grown at higher elevations or on mixed limestone soils in the Chablis region of northern Burgundy. Crisp and tightly woven, it is fermented with indigenous yeasts, a lovely bottle to drink with a platter of oysters, steamed clams or a whole fish baked under a salt crust.
Price: About $19
Style: Crisp and very dry.
What it goes with: Oysters, steamed clams, whole roasted fish
Where to find it: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463, http://www.hitimewine.net; K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com.