The domain and its vineyards are in the commune of Chichée, upstream from the town of Chablis and the grand crus in the Serein River Valley. The hills are steep here and are graced with two noble premier crus on either side of the river: Vosgros and Vaucoupin. Vosgros tends to have more weight and fat, while Vaucoupin typically has a lean, mineral profile. The Vielles Vignes always represents one of the finest values!
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. 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.
The ambassador in many ways for Zen-like Chablis. Vines, fruit, stainless steel, no wood contact, into bottle. That’s the simplicity of Picq. Their razor-sharp, saline Chablis can be thrilling.
–Neal Martin, Vinous Media, August 2018
This small domaine located in the sleepy village of Chichée is one of Chablis’s finest, a source of concentrated and incisive Chablis that [is] well worth seeking out.
–William Kelley, The Wine Advocate, August 2018
The fundamental change here happened with the 2006 vintage, when the brothers got a sorting table. This enabled them to control their grape selections to the point where they elected to forgo yeast inoculations. Didier admitted to a number of sleepless nights because the fermentations were consequently much slower than normal, but this resulted in better breadth and textures, and subsequently working with spontaneous yeast fermentations has become the norm chez Picq. No fining, only a light filtration.
The excellent 2020 delivers everything you want in a Chablis……Dry and steely! Tight rope tension. Minerality! Gorgeous saline-flinty, crushed seashells, green apple and lime-citrus aromas. An expansive and vibrant medium weight palate with elegant, but racy acidity, and cleansing length. Bring on the fresh shucked shellfish.
The 2020 Chablis Vieilles Vignes opens in the glass with notes of citrus zest, crisp orchard fruit, white flowers, mint and oyster shell. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and chiseled, it’s taut and mineral, with a long, penetrating finish.