Domaine Laroche Chablis St Martin 2019
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- 93 POINT RATED ANNE KREBIEHL MW WINE ENTHUSIAST
- 91 POINT RATED NEAL MARTIN
- LAROCHE FAMILY HAVE BEEN MAKING WINE IN CHABLIS SINCE 1850
- WINNER OF FRENCH WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR
- EXTREMELY LIMITED ALLOCATION CHABLIS FROM BURGUNDY REGION IN FRANCE
Pale yellow, limpid and brilliant. The nose opens on notes of chalk, white flowers and fresh fruit such as apple. Fermentation takes place in used oak (30 years) bringing subtle and complex notes of fresh undergrowth and of cedar. Minerality on the palate with a long and saline finish. Perfect as an aperitif or to pair with seafood, prawns or fish.
93 Points - Anne Krebiehl MW Wine Enthusiast
"A lifted intensity of lemon and hazel-nut on this wine’s subtle nose promises concen-tration. The palate presents lemon zestiness and a yeasty texture that seems to fizz with freshness. It has lemony resonance, mouthwatering brightness and a rounded body to back it all up."
91 Points - Neal Martin
"The 2019 Chablis Saint Martin, which had already been bottled, has a charming nose of fragrant yellow flowers, caramelized pear and hints of chalk, all very well defined. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, taut and fresh, revealing a twist of sour lemon toward the finish. This is a very fine entry-level Chablis that deserves your consideration."
The Chablis Saint Martin is a blending of the most beautiful plots of the domaine’s within the appellation. The terroir of Chablis located on the Kimmeridgian soil has both excellent acidity and remarkable finesse. Thanks to a long aging on fine lees, Chablis Saint Martin offers the typical minerality.
Grape Source: 100% Chardonnay
One man, one plot: There are more than 30 people who are dedicated to caring for the 90-plus hectares (222.39 acres) of Domaine Laroche vineyards, with each person responsible for only one plot. This tailor-made approach allows them to manage the vineyards with precision, speed and accuracy.
The 2019 vintage bore all the extremes in April and May with night frosts followed by 3 heat waves at the end of June, end of July and end of August. The vineyard suffered from almost no disease therefore very few treatments were applied. The harvest started gently on September 10th. The grapes were perfectly healthy. The wines are very well balanced forecasting a vintage similar to 2017.
The best selection of Domaine Laroche’s vineyards. 2-3 weeks of fermentation at 16 – 20°C in stainless steel vats. Aging in steel tanks and “foudres” – large oak casks – of 55hl (15%) on fine lees. Malolactic fermentation and 6 months aging in the same vessel types. Then, the wine will be blended and aged further on fine lees for about 4 months.
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