Chablis is one of our favourite expressions of Chardonnay and is the original classic cool climate in which this great white grape grows, so it is always a happy day when a new allocation arrives. This year, we have 12 precious bottles each of two different Chablis from Domaine Pattes Loup.
This 24 hectare certified organic vineyard is owned by Thomas Pico in the village of Courgis in Chablis. Pico inherited the land from his grandfather and set about transforming it to be certified organic, which means an enormous number of incremental quality control steps in the vineyard to grow grapes that benefit from TLC rather than chemical inputs. It's not always an easy path to follow because cool climates often experience rain, powdery and downy mildews and other challenging weather conditions, which can make it tricky to grow crops of any kind. These creamy and crisp Chablis are two excellent examples of what happens when small scale meets lofty ambitions and great quality grapes and we are selling out fast.
Pico was inspired by his grape growing grandfather "Not to make the same mistakes that I did, which led him to stop spraying his vines with herbicides when he returned to Courgis in 2004 after several years working in Nuits St George. First he stopped spraying herbicides, then he began to transition to organic certification and he has since forged a name synonymous with high quality and integrity every step of the way.
Pattes Loup means 'wolf's paw'.
Here are the two wines...
2019 Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis Vent D'Ange RRP $82.99
This wine is a single vineyard Chablis with rich layers of concentrated fruit held in check by crisp but balanced acidity, which marries beautifully with its lemon zest flavours and creamy texture.
2018 Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis Premier Cru Butteaux RRP $137.99
Great full bodied Chablis with excellent ageing potential and also approachable, complex layers of flavour for drinking now or soon.