Pattes Loup Chablis Premier Cru 'Vaillons'
Thomas Pico started Pattes Loup in 2004 working on 2.5ha under the wing of his friends Alice and Olivier de Moor, with whom he runs the renowned wine fair Chai l’Un Chai l’Autre. In an appellation where an overuse of herbicides and pesticides is unfortunately still the norm, Pattes Loup and its fastidiously tended low-yielding vines, happily living among a wide array of wildflowers and plants, feels like a world apart.
Pico's Vaillons hails from a tiny quantity of organically farmed old vines, lieu-dit of Séchet, purchased from Gérard Duplessis but picked and vinified by the team at Pattes Loup. Aged for two years, the first in 80% older barrels and 20% cement eggs, before spending a second year in cuve after being assembled. The wine offers up lovely aromas of lemon oil, mandarin and bread dough, followed by a medium to full-bodied palate with notable purity and tension on the finish.