This is village level Chablis but from a single 1ha site. Pierrick Laroche feels the grapes grown here offer something special compared to his other 7ha of Chablis AC. Therefore, he ages and bottles this as a separate wine.
Classic aromas of oyster shell, wet stone, and citrus. The palate has tangy acid, mineral/flint/iodine, lemon and grapefruit. It has a long and crisp finish. The palate is just starting to build some fat on the bones and will evolve with more time.
Pierrick Laroche is relatively new to the winemaking game but hasn’t let that stop him making great wines. Using his family estate that is situated in Chablis’ northernmost village he was awarded three stars (top score) in the French Guide Hachette.
Chill this right down or a little warmer and let the flavours shine through.
Brillat Savarin works well.
The kimmeridgean soils that make Chablis taste like Chablis is evident in these wines. They have more definition of region and more structure than a Petit Chablis but without the fruit weight and intensity of the better sites. Great wines for drinking young or youngish.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.