Chablis' Undiscovered Treasure: Gilbert Picq
There are still secret values in Chablis, here's the proof.
Not too long ago everything about Chablis (except Raveneau and Dauvissat, I guess) felt a little bit like a secret. Top white Burgundy terroir with excellent growers – and nobody really cared! But even as Chablis’ star has risen over the last few years, producers like Gilbert Picq remain truly affordable gems, absolute must-tastes for anyone who loves bright, classic Chablis.
Picq has vines in the typical Chablisienne soils of Kimmerdigian limestone with clay, and he and his family add zero makeup to the intense and focused minerality and deliciously saline, high-toned fruit they convey. They farm organically and ferment with natural yeasts. They are also one of the relatively rare breed of vignerons in Chablis that don’t use even a touch of oak: everything is stainless steel, and the wines rip!
It looks like 2019 will be a truly great year in Burgundy, and we’re very excited to begin seeing the wines. Even “lowly” village level Chablis that drink well on release should have the stuffing to age beautifully over the medium term (Vinous gives this wine a drinking window out to 2029). As the hype for the vintage builds, the wines will start to disappear faster and faster. But for now, we have enough wine to fill all orders. So, for anyone who wants to load up now, we have special deep pricing available. Email now to take advantage.
Gilbert Picq, Chablis, 2019
In addition to the Burghound “Outstanding, Top Value” rave, Neal Martin gave it a great review at Vinous: “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.”