2017 Gilbert Picq et ses Fils 'Dessus la Carriere' , Chablis
Dessus la Carriere is made from two small plots with over 30yo vines; the west-facing Semon, and Paradis which faces due south. The two sites share a very unusual sub-soil of solid limestone rock; they sit above an abandoned lime-stone quarry. The age of the vines and the terroir of un-eroded rock make for a bracing, textbook expression of minerality. The extra ageing in stainless steel tanks creates more brioche/doughy complexity that this powerful wine seems to carry with ease.
93 Points, Gary Walsh – The Wine Front, “A bit of a sour yoghurt character when first opened, but comes up nicely, generous in flavour and glossy texture, almond meal, apple, citrus and tangerine cut, chalk dust, very good length, where it pulls fresher and more ‘mineral’, sort of completing the picture, as it were.”
91-93 points - The 2017 Chablis Dessus la Carrière, which comes from two parcels and was not produced in 2016 due to frost, offers beeswax and slightly resinous aromas on the nose that unfurl nicely in the glass. The palate is quite effervescent on the entry with orange rind and mandarin complementing the mineral notes, the second half linear and poised with a dab of spice right on the finish. I like the "flow" of this Chablis and the build in the mouth. Excellent. Neal Martin, vinous.com
90-92 points - The 2017 Chablis Dessus la Carrière displays a lovely alliance of ripeness and tension, bursting with aromas of crisp peach, green apple and Meyer lemon. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, glossy and textural, but its lavish attack soon segues into a tense, chalky, stony mid-palate and finish that's tongue-tinglingly vibrant. It's a Chablis AOC that would embarrass many premiers crus. William Kelley, The Wine Advocate.