How good is 2019 Chablis? Very.

 

"Dessus la Carrière" is French for "above the quarry," a logical enough name for a wine that comes from two sites directly above an old limestone quarry.

You can taste that limestone terroir in this beautiful wine. The vintage helps. Didier Picq told Allen Meadows, "Overall, this is a vintage that I like a lot. The wines are ripe yet fresh and balanced plus they offer excellent Chablis typicity."

But it's not just the vintage; Picq is always the perfect domaine for "Chablis typicity." The farming is exceptional and their fruit develops all the quintessential flavors. As Burghound observed, they use no wood, so there's nothing to cover those classic Chablis notes. 

The 2019 sure smells like Chablis: soil and oyster shells with just a little lemon and a suspicion of gunflint. You would swear you can taste a hint of the Jurassic sea that covered the vineyards (and left them full of the famous, fossilized oyster shells). It's got an almost overtly salty note in the mid-palate that calls out for a seafood tower! 

2019 is turning out to be just as great a vintage for white Burgundy as we had hoped, and I'm very happy to be able to share this gorgeous example with you at special Newsletter-only pricing. We have good quantities and I expect we'll be able to fill all orders.

But the days when Chablis was Burgundy's overlooked middle child are long gone -- when we sell out of what we've got there won't be any more. So please don't wait to click through below and place your order.  

 

Gilbert Picq et ses Fils, Chablis "Dessus la Carrière" 2019

Burghound: "The equally restrained nose is also cool, pure and airy nose also reflects plenty of classic Chablis elements though here there is a whiff of exoticism. Once again there is that lovely sense of underlying tension to the mineral-driven middle weight flavors that exhibit excellent length on the bitter lemon rind-inflected finish where a perception of warmth progressively emerges. This too is very good and worthy of your interest."

 

Neal Martin, Vinous: "The 2019 Chablis "Dessus La Carrière" comes from vines over 50 years old. It has an intense wet limestone and oyster shell bouquet that is beautifully defined and quintessentially Chablis. The palate is vibrant right from the start, slightly chalky in texture, with a killer line of acidity and a surfeit of green apples mixed with crushed stone on the austere but utterly captivating finish. Highly recommended. "