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."

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Gilbert Picq Chablis 2017
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "The 2017 Chablis was blended the week before my visit and is sampled directly from stainless steel vat. None of the parcels were touched by the frost. It has a very fragrant, quite floral bouquet with hints of fruits de mer and yellow flowers. The palate is well balanced with

Gilbert Picq Chablis 'Vosgros' 1er Cru 2015 1.5L
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "The 2015 Chablis 1Er Cru Vosgros, which tends to be the most reductive of Picq's cuvées, was indeed quite closed down on the nose when I tasted it from vat. These aromatics don't want to come out and play. The palate is clean and fresh with a keen line of acidity, very precise and

Gilbert Picq Chablis 2016
88  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 88 "The 2016 Chablis appeared quite lucid in color with strong green tints. The nose is well defined with touches of wild honey that soon recede and leave quite a lovely, wet limestone scent. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, a pleasant touch of spice and pleasant

Gilbert Picq Chablis 'Dessus la Carriere' 2015 1.5L
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "The 2015 Chablis Dessus la Carriere, always the first to be picked, has a clean and precise bouquet with hints of fresh lime and yellow plum, just fleeting glimpses from within those minerally aromas. The palate is crisp and fresh with superb acidity, cohesive and focused; the

Gilbert Picq Chablis 2015
"I concur with David Schildknecht that Didier Picq was one of the most under-estimated vignerons in Chablis and if you want a masterclass in Chablis translated through the medium of neutral stainless steel vessels, then this is a place to come. Didier Picq is one of those winemakers chiseled from a

Gilbert Picq 'En Vaudecorse' Chablis 2014
93  Vinous Media 
Wine Advocate 93 "The 2014 Chablis En Vaudécorse returns after an absence in 2013. It's a small parcel close to Vaucopain on pure Kimmeridgian soils. This is very reserved, chalky, stoic but well defined. The palate is mineral driven with dewy green apple, almost steely and very linear toward the

Gilbert Picq 'Vieilles Vignes' Chablis 2014
92  Vinous Media 
Wine Advocate 92 "The 2014 Chablis Vieilles Vignes was picked right in the middle of Picq's harvest, from 60+-year-old vines. It has a fragrant, slightly floral bouquet with potent, chalky notes underneath. The palate is fresh and crisp, quite malic at the moment with Granny Smith apple and freshly

Gilbert Picq Chablis 2014
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "Bright yellow-green. Pungent, high-pitched aromas of citrus fruits, ginger and mint. Densely packed but tight, showing a youthful bitterness and slightly elevated acidity to its orange peel and lime flavors. With its excellent flavor intensity, though, this wine shows very good

Gilbert Picq Chablis 2013
90  Burghound 
Allen Meadows Burghound 90 "A ripe and fresh nose displays notes of dried yellow orchard fruit that flirt with a discreet exoticism. The textured and agreeably mineral-inflected middle weight flavors possess a seductive mouth feel before terminating in a delicious, clean and balanced finish that is

Gilbert Picq Chablis 'Dessus la Carriere' 2012
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91-92 "Picq's 2012 Chablis Dessus La Carriere offers luscious lime and grapefruit laced with smoke, chalk, crushed stone and piquant pips and wreathed in bittersweet floral perfume. Lithe and energetic, it finishes with vibratory intensity in its dynamic and invigorating variations on

Gilbert PICQ Chablis 2012
90  Antonio Galloni 
Wine Advocate 89-90 "Tasted separately - and as a pre-assemblage - from five tanks originating with different parcels and pickings, Picq's 2012 Chablis is bursting with fresh, succulent tart-edged lemon, lime and apple. Classically smoky, chalky Kimmeridgian notes inflect a wine of almost piercing

Gilbert PICQ Chablis 'Dessus la Carriere' 2011
92  Burghound 
Allen Meadows Burghound 89-92 "OUTSTANDING TOP VALUE. Like the old vines cuvée, the nose immediately signals that this could be nothing other than from Chablis with its expressive aromas of mineral reduction, green fruit and oyster shell nuances. There is beautiful detail to the highly energetic

Gilbert PICQ 'Vosgros' Chablis Premier 1er Cru 2011
92  Wine Advocate 
Burghound 90-93 "A very tight and quite reticent nose displays reluctant notes of tidal pool, lemon rind and green fruit. The rich, full-bodied and intense flavors possess fine mid-palate density that coats the mouth on the overtly austere and robust finish that is linear, tangy, clean and dry. As

Gilbert PICQ 'Chablis' Chardonnay 2009
89  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 89 "Good pale yellow with green highlights. Steely aromas of lemon, orange zest and anise. Supple and quite rich, but with good nervosite to the flavors of lemon, anise and menthol. This will be very easy to drink. I actually tasted this wine in its five components and then this