This winery and this Petit Chablis is new to me. But it is an exciting find, it has a lot of depth of flavour for a Petit Chablis but is still light, fresh and easy to drink. Dry citrus acid, mineral, dough and yellow fruits. It is a great drink right now.
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.
Prawns or scallops would do me.
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.
On the bottom of the Chablis hierarchy, Petit Chablis is often from lesser sites and sometimes not on the kimmeridgean soils that make Chablis taste like Chablis. I often find that a Petit Chablis is like a Non-Vintage Champagne in that it reflects the producers house style more than site or vintage. The best are wonderful, just like a small Chablis and they can be wonderfully cheap too
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.