winemaker Location: Thomas Pico
Grape varieties : chardonnay
Surface Winery: 15 ha
Annual production: 38.000
Certification: organic wine (AB, Ecocert)
We're talking to you about his Winery
After spending his entire childhood in a small Burgundian village on the Chablis (Courgis) side surrounded by a father and grandfather who were winegrowers, Thomas Pico inherited a passion for the profession. He decided to study viticulture and oenology in Beaune. His curiosity and his desire to respect the environment and the health of his family and friends were determining factors in his thinking. He works from the family Winery , the Bois d'Yver, then takes over his own vineyards which he immediately converts to organic farming and founds his own Winery de Pattes Loup.
On the friendly advice of Alice and Olivier De Moor, her neighbours, Thomas replanting by massal selection, refusing to use the majority clones in the Chablis vineyard. He favours grassing his plots. He takes particular care with trellising and leaf thinning, true to his desire to control yields and, above all, to obtain very ripe and concentrated grapes.
For this is certainly one of the "trademarks" of Thomas Pico's wines: this lover of the great whites of the Côte d'Or seeks to make deep, textured wines. Far from the current fashion for "freshness at all costs", at the risk of harvesting under-ripe fruit and ultimately making frail wines that are cruelly lacking in structure, Thomas, for his part, is looking for a high degree of ripeness. He is generally one of the last to harvest, relying more on the appearance and above all the flavour of the grapes than on purely technical analyses.
winemaker of conviction and instinct, Thomas Pico trusts the soil and the terroir to endow his wines with this saline tension, this mineral energy which combine here in the most beautiful balance with ripe and sap-filled materials.