Gilbert Picq

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France, Chablis

DiDier & PasCal PiCQ

This is a tiny domaine with the two Picq brothers overseeing vineyard and cellar. Their father also works in the vines and their sister looks after administration, it’s a family affair. The pursuit of ‘earth to glass’ purity using chardonnay as a conduit is obvious to all who taste these wines. There is a range of 6 wines with no Grand Cru‘s, some believing that this fact drives the family harder and pushes quality further. Picq’s low yields give him good strength & acidity, and his wines always have nerve. He vini es only in stainless steel tanks. He uses a large portion of yeast lees and a longer lees ageing time than most.

“An extremely fresh and highly expressive nose of clas- sic Chablis aromas that include green fruit, iodine and oyster shell where the latter element can also be found on the impres- sively rich and well-concentrated avors that possess solid underlying tension and ne length on the complex and sappy nish.”

Dessus la Carrière is made from two lieux-dits: 33 year old vines on west-facing Semon and 30 year-old vines at Paradis which faces due south. The two sites share a very unusual sub- soil of solid limestone rock; they sit above an abandoned lime- stone quarry. The age of the vines and the terroir of uneroded rock make for a bracing, textbook expression of minerality. Ageing in stainless steel tanks allows this to come through with great purity and transparency.

“This is also ripe but entirely classic with a pretty com- bination of white and yellow orchard fruit, sea breeze and a hint of mineral reduction that gives way to strikingly intense iodine-in ected medium-bodied avors that are blessed with an abundance of dry extract that stains the palate on the balanced and solidly long nish. This delivers excellent quality for its level and is recommended.”

“A slightly riper nose of yellow orchard fruit, spice and oral hints merges into dense, vibrant and full-bodied avors that possess solid power and plenty of punch on the opulent and mouth coating nish.”

“This too offers a completely classic nose of restrained green fruit, oyster shell and an overt mineral reduction compo- nent that complements the re ned, pure and intense avors that offer good richness on the beautifully refreshing and energetic nish.”

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