Picq-Chablis-En Vaudecorse 2015 (AM90)
Producer note: Didier Picq remarked that 2016 produced surprisingly good wines despite the ridiculous number of problems that we encountered during the growing season. The frost, mildew, hail and sunburn cost us as much as 90% losses in some sectors, in fact we had fully 6 ha of vines that we didn't even bother to pick. And even in those that were relatively successful we were down 50% and overall, we averaged right at down 70%. Just to give you a more precise idea, we produced 70,000 bottles in 2015 but only 13,000 in 2016! We harvested from the 27th of September to the 1st of October and at least the fruit was clean and ripe so there was hardly any sorting to speak of. Potential alcohols were good but not high with very solid post-malo pHs of 3.2 to 3.3 with around 4.5 grams of total acidity. As to the style of the 2016s, they're certainly ripe if not quite as ripe as the 2015s but what the two vintages have in common is what I like to call a 'good citrus-based bitterness' which also helps to make them refreshing to drink. Picq indicated that the 2015s, revisited below, were bottled between September 2016 and March 2017. Careful readers know that I have been beating the drum for the quality that Picq consistently achieves and for the prices, they offer almost unbeatable value. In my view they have done so again in vintages where relatively few domaines did so well. Note that the house style is ultra-pure with no wood. Tasting note: This is aromatically more complex with its reductively toasty nose of petrol, white flower and sea breeze-inflected nose. The opulent and rich but energetic medium-bodied flavors manage to retain reasonably good detail on the sneaky long finish that exhibits a hint of orange peel and imparts a hint of the citrus-based bitterness that Picq described. This outstanding effort should drink well young but reward mid-term cellaring too. In short, you won't find many better villages level wines than this in 2015.
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