01_Vine_Trail_Pattes_Loup_Thoma_Pico
Thomas Pico

Pattes Loup,
Thomas Pico

VigneronThomas Pico
LocationCourgis (Yonne)
Size of Domaine24 ha
TerroirContinental climate. Clay-limestone on Kimmeridgian and Portlandian (late Jurassic) limestone bedrock. 200-300m altitude.
ViticultureCertified organic (Ecocert)
View Pattes Loup, Thomas Pico wines ↓

Thomas Pico started Domaine 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. The domaine takes its name after a vineyard planted by Thomas in the lieu-dit of Pattes-Loup (meaning wolf’s paw) which he inherited from his dear grandfather whom he was very close to.

Thomas initially worked as an employee at his family's Domaine de Bois d'Yver in Courgis and, following his grandfather’s death, managed to convince his father to stop using chemicals and convert their vineyards to organic, finally reaching certification in 2009. In an appellation where an overuse of chemicals is unfortunately still the norm, Domaine Pattes Loup and its fastidiously tended low-yielding vines, happily living among a wide array of wildflowers and plants, feels like a world apart.

Various acquisitions over the years, mostly from family members, have brought the size of the domaine to 24ha, all on Chablis’ left bank around the hills of Courgis and Préhy.

Thomas looks for full ripeness harvesting later than most, he vinifies and ages his wines in a variety of vessels and sizes (egg-shaped concrete, oak, stainless steel) allowing long élevage on lees to retain tension, texture and perfect balance. There is a sense of vitality and density to the wines which can only come from his dedicated work in the vineyards and transparent winemaking.

The yields in recent years were extremely low due to hail and frost (with a catastrophic 9hh in 2016 and just 17hh in 2017). In these circumstances Thomas decided to extend the ageing of all his 2015 wines (and the vintages to follow) by 12 months or more, helping them reach another level of complexity and precision.

02_Vine_Trail_Pattes_Loup_Thoma_Pico La nouvelle cave

Pattes Loup, Thomas Pico Wines

Pattes Loup,
Thomas Pico

CHABLIS 2017
Vent d’Ange
100% Chardonnay (12.5% alc.)

This comes from three parcels (2ha) around Courgis: la Ménarde, les Malantes and Pattes Loup, hence the name of the domaine. The vines are 40yo, issued from a massale selection, and in a full harvest yields average just 43hh (60 permitted). This wine was aged for a minimum of 18 months, two thirds in stainless steel, one third in 7hl cement eggs. Yields were a meagre 17hh in 2017 due to repeat problems with frost and hail (although more generous than the miniscule 9hh in 2016 after a devastating late frost killed many of the young buds). There's much more depth of fruit in the 2017 which offers ripe grapefruit, hint of apricot and saline minerality on the finish.

Pattes Loup,
Thomas Pico

CHABLIS 1ER CRU 2017
Beauregard
100% Chardonnay (12.5% alc.)

Thomas made this 1er Cru from 30yo vines tended organically in Courgis (from one of the highest vineyards in Chablis). Aged in 4-6yo barrels for two years, then cuve for three months, it is more forward in its youth than his Butteaux, offering very attractive redcurrant fruits on the nose, good weight and vinosity and a lingering finish with a mineral vibration. VLQ. For drinking now to 2023+

Pattes Loup,
Thomas Pico

CHABLIS 1ER CRU 2016
Butteaux, Mise Tardive
100% Chardonnay (13.5% alc.)

The 2016 Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux Mise Tardive was bottled unfined and unfiltered in July 2019 from this superb Left Bank 1er Cru (a lieu-dit at the south-west tip of the 1er Cru Montmains) that Thomas matured for an extended period on the lees – in tank after fermentation and then in neutral toasted barrels and demi-muids. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered with 40mg/l of total sulphur. Bursting with confit lemon, apricot and honey flavours, on the palate, it's satiny, multidimensional and deep, with stunning energy and cut despite its long élevage, concluding with a long, sapid finish. For drinking now to 2024.

Previous Grower ← Domaine Oudin