Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis 1er Cru Beauregard 2017

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Vinous, 94 points- The 2017 Chablis Beauregard 1er Cru is a deep, viscous wine built on textural richness and volume. Dried apricot, almond, chamomile, spice, mint and lightly honeyed notes build in a dense, layered Chablis loaded with class and personality. The 2017 is silky, persistent, and exceptionally beautiful with a very saline, delicate finish. Drink: 2020-2032

In 2005, Thomas Pico started Domaine Pattes Loup ("wolf paws") in Chablis with 2.4 hectares he inherited from his family estate. Thomas immediately began a program of yield reduction and conversion to organic farming to increase the quality of his wines. Today, he farms 15 hectares of vines, most of which are selection massale planted by his grandfather. Thomas also experiments with rotating cover crops to protect against erosion, increase water retention and increase microbial life in his soils.

Vinification- Pico uses a "champagne press" at the domaine to allow for a very slow and delicate press of the grapes. All juice moves downstairs to the vinification settling room by gravity through a drain at the bottle of the press. All wines are fermented using only indigenous yeasts and élévage is slow and long lasting around 14 months in a combination of cement eggs and/or old Burgundy barrels and demi-muids. The juice is racked, blended, and placed in stainless steel tanks before bottling. The juice is racked and finished in stainless steel tanks before being bottled without fining and filtration.

Varietals- 100% Chardonnay