Gilbert Picq Chablis Dessus La Carriere 2020
|Region||France, Burgundy, Chablis|
The name translates as "over the quarry," for the two parcels that are reserved for this wine grow above an old quarry in a bed of pure Kimmeridgian limestone, essentially one mammoth roche mère, or mother rock. Both parcels were planted in the 1970s, one with a clone, the other with a sélection massale, and the two cover just under five acres of ground. The layer of top soil is so thin here that there is a dead zone where nothing grows in the center of the parcels. These two parcels are always the first to be harvested by the Picqs, and the last to be bottled.
The 2020 Chablis Dessus La Carrière has a slightly reduced nose, but one can still gauge the concentration in this Chablis. Touches of honeysuckle and melted wax eventually emerge. The palate is fresh and saline on the entry, then a little herbaceous, strict and linear, with a fine bead of acidity and bitter lemon defining the finish. Another strict old-school Chablis from Didier Picq that should age with style.