2009 Domaine Gilbert Picq Chablis "Dessus la Carrière" (Previously $24)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(bottled four days before I tasted it): Good pale yellow. Very pure, laid-back aromas of citrus peel and crushed stone, with hints of flint and smoke. Dense and ripe, with an impression of sucrosite buffered by penetrating citrus and grapefruit flavors and a firm spine of acids and minerals. This very rich, gripping wine dusts the palate with lemon zest and crushed stone on the very long, perfumed finish. A superb and complete 2009, and a stunningly good village wine. There's almost no topsoil over the limestone here, notes Picq. This may be even better than the 2008 version.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Chablis Dessus la Carriere is beautifully layered and refined for the vintage. It shows gorgeous clarity and definition, not to mention terrific overall balance. Juicy apricots linger on the generous, radiant finish. This is one of the more energetic, focused 2009s at this address. The high presence of rocks in the soil contributes to the wine’s freshness.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
*Outstanding* A hint of exotic fruit combines with mineral reduction notes and plenty of Chablis character that continues onto the solidly rich and dense flavors brimming with dry extract and a fine minerality on the lingering finish. Fine quality for its level and this is well worth a look.
Bright, focused, good minerality, lots of life, salty, and spicy. Good! Give me some shellfish! Now at a special price, while it lasts! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)