Finally, the new vintage of our favorite Chablis producer Gilbert Picq has arrived! We have been twiddling our thumbs while waiting for this beauty to show up in the store, and I know a bunch of you have been patiently waiting as well. Picq’s production has been way down the last few vintages hence the wait, however, the quality is still up!
William Kelley, French wine reviewer for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, had this to say about Gilbert Picq’s overall quality:
“This small domaine located in the sleepy village of Chichée is one of Chablis's finest, a source of concentrated and incisive Chablis that are well worth seeking out. Attentive farming, conservative yields and fermentation and élevage on the lees in stainless steel are the rudiments of the approach.”
He then summarized, “... (Picq’s wines) number among the region's best in their alliance of depth and detail, power and purity. This is an address that comes warmly recommended.”
The Picq family has exploited its small parcels of vines for several generations, with father Gilbert now having fully retired and handed over the reins to his two sons, Didier and Pascal, and his daughter Marilyn Picq. Pascal is in charge of the vineyards for the family, while Didier mans the cellars and makes the wines, with both brothers more than content to leave the office side of the business to Marilyn. The Picq style of Chablis is very classic, with the inimitable expression of minerality that the chardonnay only picks up in these rolling hillside vineyards of the Yonne Valley, coupled to racy acidity and fine depth that comes with low yields, meticulous winemaking, and fine parcels of vines.
Gilbert Picq Chablis 2019
Shelf Price $25.99
Sale Price $22.97
90-92 pts Vinous
The 2019 Chablis Village was tasted both separately and as a blend so that Didier Picq could show the different terroirs: limestone, clay and a third from younger vines on clay-limestone soils (12 different parcels dispersed over 8ha.) There is superb intensity on the nose, featuring red and green apples, pear and a strong oyster shell/marine scent. The palate is nicely poised and full of tension emanating from the limestone terroirs that also lend this Village Cru its persistence on the finish. Classic Chablis from start to finish.