Domaine Laroche don’t mess around with their wines. And even though this is Petit Chablis, this is no trifling matter. Therefore you get a serious, green apples, white stones, lemon blossom Chablis with the zingy acid that we all love. A bit of mid palate flesh gives this wine some meat to go with its bones.
When a producer’s office is the sixteenth century monastery, l’Obediencerie, where Chablis was born then you know they mean business. Laroche are the largest vineyard holders in Burgundy. Which is informed by their desire to make the terroir driven Chablis at all levels of the hierarchy.
No doubt this will improve with time. But it is delicious now, just don’t serve it too cold.
I’m imagining seared scallops with some crisp bacon croutons and fresh herbs.
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.