2009 Domaine Gilbert Picq Chablis "Dessus la Carrière" (Previously $24)

SKU #1093595 92 points 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.  (7/ 2011)

91 points 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.  (8/ 2011)

89 points 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.  (10/ 2011)

K&L Notes

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)

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By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/30/2012  | Send Email
Super classic/ traditional Chablis. Medium light bodied lots of mineral and more than enough acidity. Now what's for dinner?

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Chablis

- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.