2014 Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis
” Crystalinity cames to mind after the first sip. Starting with refreshing lemon, green apple and hint of chalk aromas followed with high tone white floral notes emerged upon resting in the glass. As a village wine, this has superb richness. The finesse and balance throughout stood out fabulously. The crystaline acidity and intense yet soft minerality that gently lingering at the end completes the wine. This is as good as a village can ever get! Drink now or hold for another 4-6yrs. ” Wine Journey
In the hands of talented growers like Mr. Pico, Chablis lives up to its reputation as one of the noblest expressions of the chardonnay grape variety. All the clichés — “tightrope walker,” “razor’s edge,” “laserlike intensity” — that critics employ to describe its tense balance between racy acidity and earthy substance seem apt.
THOMAS PICO, DOMAINE PATTES LOUP
“In my grandparents’ time everyone harvested by hand,” Mr. Pico said. “Now everyone finishes at five and is in front of the television by eight. A way of life has disappeared.”
“I could earn a lot more money if I did mechanical harvesting, if I used pesticides and herbicides,” Mr. Pico said. I could even take a vacation. But I like my work. Organic farming needs more work and more precision in the vineyard if you want to have something to pick; organic winegrower must work hard in the vineyard, do the right thing in the cellar ”