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Gilbert Picq Chablis 'Dessus la Carriere' 2020
$32.00 $26.95
Wine Advocate 93
"Impeccably balanced, Picq's 2020 Chablis Dessus la Carrire unwinds in the glass with scents of crisp white peach and linden blossom mingled with oyster shell and freshly baked bread. Medium to full-bodied, seamless and satiny, it's bright and precise, with a fleshy core of fruit and a long, saline finish.

The 2020 vintage represents another fine success for Didier Picq, who presides over this small domaine located in the sleepy village of Chiche. One  ... read more
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Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork
Item ID: #50338
Location at store: 96c
Item Description
Wine Advocate 93
"Impeccably balanced, Picq's 2020 Chablis Dessus la Carrire unwinds in the glass with scents of crisp white peach and linden blossom mingled with oyster shell and freshly baked bread. Medium to full-bodied, seamless and satiny, it's bright and precise, with a fleshy core of fruit and a long, saline finish.

The 2020 vintage represents another fine success for Didier Picq, who presides over this small domaine located in the sleepy village of Chiche. One of the finest exponents of tank-fermented and tank-matured Chablis, Picq's concentrated, incisive wines are always worth seeking out, and the 2020 vintage is his finest since 2017 in terms of overall balance, precision and consistency. His range of Chablis AOC bottlings includes several cuves that would embarrass many loftier appellations, and it's complemented by two premiers crus, Vaucoupin and Vosgros. Perhaps Picq's wines remain the preserve of the cognoscenti because he doesn't own any of Chablis's grand cru slopes? Whatever the reason, it emphatically has nothing to do with the quality of his wines, which number among the region's best in their alliance of depth and detail, power and purity. This is an address that comes warmly recommended."~William Kelley

Burghound 92
(PURPLE HEART OUTSTANDING TOP VALUE!) "Here too the more reserved nose makes clear that this could be from nowhere else but Chablis with its aromas of mineral reduction, green apple, white peach and iodine. The highly energetic middle weight flavors possess a certain tenderness along with plenty of minerality on the equally complex and persistent finale that is a bit more structured. Lovely juice and especially for what it is."~Allen Meadows

Vinous Media 92
"The 2020 Chablis Dessus La Carrire has a slightly reduced nose, but one can still gauge the concentration in this Chablis. Touches of honeysuckle and melted wax eventually emerge. The palate is fresh and saline on the entry, then a little herbaceous, strict and linear, with a fine bead of acidity and bitter lemon defining the finish. Another strict old-school Chablis from Didier Picq that should age with style."~Neil Martin
About Gilbert PICQ
"Located in the village of Chichée, southeast of Chablis proper, the Picq family has farmed its small collection of vines for several generations. Today, the estate is in the deft hands of Gilbert's two sons Didier and Pascal, and his daughter Marilyn Picq, each with their defined roles: Pascal is in the vines, Didier is in the cellar, and Marilyn manages the business. The Picq style of Chablis is classic, with the inimitable expression of minerality that the chardonnay only picks up in these rolling hillside vineyards of the Yonne Valley, coupled with racy acidity and fine depth that comes with low yields, meticulous winemaking and fine parcels of vines.

The wines are naturally fermented and raised in stainless steel tanks to protect the underlying expressions of terroir. You won't find a single stave of wood in the entire winery. Pascal Picq does severe pruning each winter and routinely thins the crop twice in the summer months. The serious work in the vineyards can be felt immediately in the Picq wines, as even the Chablis villages and the old vine cuvée offer up a depth and intensity of flavor in the mid-palates that is most often associated with at least premier cru level wines. The estate does not own a large spread of vineyards, which may also account for the exceptional quality of their Chablis AC bottling. Didier feels it serves as the calling card for the domaine, and thus, gives it a great deal of attention. It is both an exceptional value and among of the finest examples to be found in the appellation, with the structure and cut to age gracefully for up to twenty years. Next in the lineup is the Vieilles Vignes bottling made from the oldest parcels of vines in their village wine holdings (more than fifty years of age). It is a deep, rock solid and racy example of Chablis, with a minerally-infused personality and great purity of fruit, and a brisk acidity that allows it to age gracefully for fifteen to twenty-five years in top vintagse. It is easily the quality equivalent of a top premier cru.

Domaine Gilbert Picq et Ses Fils also offers up a pair of fine premier crus, both located in the village of Chichée. These include a beautifully pure and complex bottling of Vaucoupin, one of the very underrated premier crus in Chablis, and a more powerful, but equally soil-driven premier cru of Vosgros, which is produced from the family's oldest premier cru vines. Vaucoupin lies to the northeast of the village of Chichée on a slope that overlooks the Serein River and faces primarily due south. The Picq parcel is in the steepest section of the vineyard, on a forty-five degree slope and must be completely tended by hand, including at the all important harvesting time. It is a beautifully situated premier cru, which produces a wine with a lovely chalky, oyster shell base of soil, and notes of spring flowers and beeswax augmenting the lovely tart citrus core of fruit. The premier cru of Vosgros lies to the west of the village, on a slope that also includes the premier cru vineyard of Vaugiraut, and has a more varied exposure that generally faces east. The Vosgros vines were planted in the 1980s and tend to produce a beautifully tensile and complex Chablis that starts out life with a youthful austerity, but unfolds brilliantly with bottle age to deliver a racy, complex and minerally expression of Chablis. It is the longest-lived wine in the Picqs' fine portfolio of wines.

Didier Picq is deeply respected by his peers in the region and always makes himself available to fellow vignerons, especially the youth of the region. He exudes endless love for wine and is a truly positive force in the world of wine. We are honored to work with him and his siblings."
Gilbert PICQ
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