Sunday, December 27, 2015

Gilbert Picq et Fils Premier Cru Chablis Vaucopin, 1999

This is exactly what I expect from a mature Chablis--earthy, flinty, brisk and not at all like a buttery New World Chardonnay. It was a perfect match for a rich Coquilles St. Jacques.

Deep gold. No premature oxidation, as I have found in a few other bottles from this batch. Solid earthy smells, lots of mineral attraction. At first, I taste a slight bitterness on the finish, but this fades away after I let the wine breathe and warm. No refrigeration needed for this wine; cellar temperature is plenty cool enough. Some at the table taste honey; I get mainly the flinty tastes of properly aged Chablis. Very satisfying.

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