2018 Gilbert Picq Chablis, Burgundy, France (750ml)
The Picq style of Chablis displays the inimitable expression of minerality that chardonnay only picks up in this rolling hillside, and limestone-laden vineyards of the Yonne Valley, coupled with racy acidity and fine depth that comes with low yields, meticulous viticulture and winemaking.
The wines are naturally fermented with indigenous yeasts 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 immediately be felt in the Picq wines, as even the Chablis villages, the parcellaire wines, (also village-level) and the Chablis Vieilles Vignes offer up a depth and intensity of flavor in the mid-palates that is most often associated with at least premier cru level wines. Normally this comes from 12 parcels and is invariably chock full of flinty seashell essence, making it a quintessential Chablis.