Chablis & Irancy

Domaine GILBERT PICQ & SES FILS

Chichée

A domaine making fantastic, classic and mineral Chablis "A source of concentrated and incisive Chablis that are well worth seeking out" William Kelley The Wine Advocate #238

Background

Based in the small village of Chichée Domaine Gilbert Picq is now run by Gilbert’s children, Pascal in the vines, Didier makes the wines and Marilyn works in the office; the family have farmed this land for generations. The commitment to quality here is impressive. Old vines are retained. Yields are kept low. No oak is used, only stainless steel. Fermentations take place with natural yeasts. The aim is simple, transmit Chablis’ unique terroir as faithfully and transparently as possible. This simple approach works. In the words of the Wine Advocate’s William Kelley, Domaine Picq is “one of Chablis’s finest, a source of concentrated and incisive Chablis that are well worth seeking out.” When we spoke to Didier about his vineyards, he told us that Chichée has long been used by négociants as a source of high-quality wine to go into their large Chablis blends. In the past its name rarely appeared or was discussed, which suited the large merchant’s needs. When Chablis’ Grand and 1er Crus where demarcated Chichée was largely overlooked. This is a shame, as the terroir is classic Chablis; a high proportion of Kimmeridgian Clay in vineyards well angled to catch the sun. Indeed, Didier’s 1er Cru Vaucoupin enjoys a similar aspect to Bougros Grand Cru. This relative anonymity does mean that the quality to value ratio here is excellent, one can buy wines from one of the regions finest domaines for little more than the blends of the large négociants.

Current Vintages

White WinesVintage
One can tell this is Chablis immediately, and grown on good terroir at that. Didier says the soil in these parcels is high quality chalk and always gives a focused, mineral wine. Absolutely classic and such good value. "Notes of lemon rind, oyster shell, wheat toast and green apple introduce the 2017 Chablis, a tangy but textural, medium to full-bodied wine, with excellent concentration and cut. It has all the makings of a superb Chablis AOC" William Kelley, Wine Advocate #238
2017
From 3 parcels of vines, all over 55 years old, all grown on Kimmeridgian clay. “Picq's 2017 Chablis Vieilles Vignes is very promising, unfurling in the glass with notes of lime zest, crisp green orchard fruit, white flowers and salty oystershell. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, concentrated and tensile, with an elegantly glossy attack and a reserved, structured core, concluding with a mouth-watering finish. This will be well worth seeking out in bottle.” William Kelley, Wine Advocate #238
2017
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