Each year, Laroche Saint Martin is a blend of the best grapes from the best performing sites. Given they source from 3 Grand Cru and 10 Premier Cru, it gives you confidence that the Laroche Saint Martin is a great cuvee. The blend can change from year to year but this only serves to guarantee the quality of the wine.
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.
Drink it now or age it for 10 or more years. I’d serve this slightly warmer than most Chablis so you can appreciate the flavours.
Affidelice au Chablis Cheese or shellfish are the winners here.
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.