Wine Of The Weekend: 2011 Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis ‘Butteaux’ 1er Cru

Wine of the Week: 2011 Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis ‘Butteaux’ 1er Cru

Maker: Domaine Pattes Loup

Year: 2011

Region: Burgundy, France

Pattes Loup is considered one of the most dynamic young domaines in Chablis at the moment, which produces integritous wines farmed on a strict organic program of yield control by superstar Thomas Pico.  “Pattes Loup” translates to “wolf paws” in French, and Thomas Pico is known as Chablis’ new young wolf – being fiercest young winemaker there.  In other words, he is the Robb Stark of Burgundy.  Which is lucky for anyone who can gain access to this small production of allocated wines because winter is coming, and when it is over those drinking Monsieur Pico’s wines will be consuming Chablis that exemplifies pellucid purity, with textured density that is balanced with a laser-like spine of acidity.

From the climate of Montmains, the Butteaux is a fresh wine with incredible length, minerality, and stellar acidity that is encased in rich texture.  Intermingle slight salinity, buttery ripe tangerine peel and lifted lemon, and notes of subtle peach, you have a balanced, complex, tension-filled beauty of a wine that has vitality.


As a career sommelier, Kimberley Drake has overseen some of the finest wine programs and operations in America and Asia. Her accomplishments range from working as a sommelier at Jean Georges in NYC to opening Hong Kong’s Café Gray Deluxe as their chef sommelier. She can be reached at


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