Petit & Bajan Ambrosie
Richard Petit’s family roots in Avize go back centuries, caring for Chardonnay on the chalky soils of the Côte de Blancs. Véronique Bajan’s clan hails from Pinot Noir terroir in Verzenay, grand cru land on the Montagne de Reims. Love, then marriage, came first in 1997; then in 1999, when Richard took over his family’s winery in Avize, the idea that they could create wine together blossomed. With Richard’s attention to detail in the fields and Véronique’s tasting prowess in the cellar, the small-batch, grand cru wines of Petit & Bajan are very much the voice of Champagne’s new generation. These are bold, vinous wines that set a higher bar for grand cru Champagne.
On the nose: A lively wine with aromas reminiscent of yellow fruits such as peach and apricot.
On the palate: Silky texture, mouth-filling, ripe; lacy flavors of citrus, summer fruit.
As an aperitif; with sushi or other fresh seafood; grilled white meats; very flexible at the table.
Varietals: 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir
Appellation: Estate vines (Chardonnay) are found on pure chalk soils in the villages of Avize, Oger and Cramant; estate vines (Pinot Noir) are found on a mix of chalk and clay in the village of Verzenay. The estate farms just over seven acres total.