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4135 PATTES LOUP(THOMAS PICO) CHABLIS 1ER CRU VAILLONS 2014 750ml
4135 PATTES LOUP(THOMAS PICO) CHABLIS 1ER CRU VAILLONS 2014 750ml


 
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The 2014 Chablis 1Er Cru Vaillons, which comes from purchased grapes(bio-certified) from Domaine Duplessis, is raised half in concrete eggs and half in wooden barrel for 12 months. It has a very refined bouquet with scents of lemon sherbet, lemon thyme and a touch of orange blossom. There is fine precision here. The palate is quite saline on the entry, harmonious and saline in the mouth, a twist of sour lemon right on the aftertaste. This is a very well-crafted Chablis Vaillons that will probably benefit from 2-3 years in barrel. (eRobertParker)

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Here the nose is quite floral though there is once again a plethora of Chablis typicity present in the form of spice, citrus, tidal pool and quinine. The succulent, round and stony medium weight flavors deliver very fine length on the clean, dry, refreshing and overtly saline finish. This is an interesting wine in the sense that the mid-palate is almost lush yet the balance and focus is maintained by a tight and linear finish. This too is going to need a few years of cellar time. *purchased bio-certified fruit from Séchets and Mélinots.

Thomas Pico founded his now 15 ha domaine in 2006 and farms his fruit organically; indeed he is certified by Ecocert. Pico explained that the domaine name, which literally translates as the wolves' feet, is actually a lieu-dit within his holdings. The style is full-on and what I would call glyceral and phenolic, which is to say there is a thickly unctuous, even oily texture and a very vinous flavor profile to Pico's wines yet with no lack of supporting acidity that keeps them fresh and bracing. One other interesting aspect is that wines from Côte de Jouan and Beauregard are very rarely declared under their own names.

With respect to the 2014 vintage Pico noted that "we had a troubled flowering and because July was much cooler than normal we were worried that the fruit might not ripen adequately. Fortunately September was hot and dry and thus we were able to harvest ripe and clean fruit that possessed both good sugars and acidities. Yields though were not especially abundant due to the poor flowering but overall we realized around 35 hl/ha. As to the wines, I love this vintage as the wines display each specific terroir clearly and moreover, the firm acidities confirm that they are built to age, in fact they're going to need it." The 2014s were bottled in March, 2016. (Burghound)



Thomas Pico started his domaine with 2.4ha vineyards in Courgis located in the edge of Chablis in 2005. Domaine Pattes Loup(means "wolf’s paws") is one of the few "natural wine" in Chablis as well as Alice et Olivier de Moor(in fact Thomas Pico had many advices from Alice et Oliver de Moor).

His father had produced ordinary Chablis, Thomas Pico sharply changed direction to quality oriented vineyards management and wine-making when he inherited father's vineyards. He began to strictly control the yield and stop using all chemical products in the vineyards. It is quite rare in Chablis, because Chablis has big demand from all over the world, so all the Chablis producers seek for volume then quality is not a first priority. So choice is limited for the serious wine connoisseurs.

Thomas Pico cultivates vineyards based on biologic(partly Biodynamie), harvest by hand, with hand sorting. He ferments all his wines using indigenous yeasts. 14-16 months ageing in old barrel and bottled without fining and filtration. (for the 55 years old vines Chablis is fermented in concrete egg-shaped fermenters(30-40%) with the balance in stainless steel.) Pico's wine clearly expresses typicity of Chablis's soil with gentle and tender touch of Vin Nature.

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