The domain and its very steep vineyards are in the commune of Chichée, upstream from the town of Chablis and the grand crus in the Serein River Valley.
Brothers Didier and Pascal Picq quickly established themselves as rigorous growers after taking over this 32-acre domain from their father in 1976. They prune severely in winter and de-bud twice in spring for low yields. They farm according to the pragmatic, sustainable principles of lutte raisonnée, or reasoned fight, and all that keeps them from being considered organic is their preference for new fungicides rather than copper. They do alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in steel, and age the wine in steel. They look for elegance, depth, purity of fruit, length and minerality in their wines, while aiming for age-worthiness and moderate levels of alcohol. These brothers have been around the block and there’s no pretense here, just fabulous, true Chablis. Production averages 7,500 cases.
The name “Dessus La Carriere” 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.