Pierrick Laroche Domaine des Hâtes Chablis AC 2017
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Located in the north-west sector of Chablis in the village of Maligny, Pierrick Laroche now runs this family estate which was established by his father in the 1970’s. His father gradually gained planting rights and slowly added to the family vineyard holdings with the current size of the estate around 25 hectares. In 2010 Pierrick produced his first vintage to great acclaim (his father had previously sold the grapes to La Chablisienne). Pierrick has a degree in oenology at Beaune and thereafter travelled and did various internships to gain experience abroad before returning home to start making wine and take over the family vineyards for himself. His cellars are built into the side of a hill in the village enabling much of the work to be done by gravity and vinifications are done classically in stainless steel tanks with some of the premier and Grand cru wines aged in used barrels for a small portion of each cuvee where the wines undergo full malolactic. His oldest plot of vines is Les Chatillons planted in early 1970’s which is located just behind the hill of Grand cru’s. This cuvee also has a small portion of barrel ageing to great effect.
As with the Petit Chablis, the domain has nearly 12ha planted in the Chablis classification, all of it (like the Petit) planted in the Maligny commune except for 1ha in the little valley of Fontenay heading toward the Grand Crus. He has eight parcels ranked Chablis, and the average age of the vines is 25 years.
’The 2017 Chablis Village wafts from the glass with an expressive bouquet of ripe Meyer lemon and honeycomb, followed by a medium-bodied, elegantly glossy palate with an open-knit core of sun-kissed fruit, succulent acids and a nicely defined finish. This is already drinking well. Drink 2018-2028.’ 89 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate, May 2019.
’There a suggestion of the exotic lurking in the background of the softly petrol-inflected white-fleshed fruit aromas that introduce attractively textured, succulent and utterly delicious middle weight flavors that display perfectly good depth and persistence on the lightly citrus-tinged finish. This ever-so-mildly warm effort could easily be enjoyed now or held for a few years first. In sum, this is a quality villages. Drink 2021+’ 88 points, Burghound, December 2018.
RRP $53 6 PACK BUY … Only $41.99 when you buy 6 of this wine.
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