Pierrick Laroche Chablis 'Les Chatillons' 2019Regular price $58.00
Chablis comes in so many different guises sometimes wonderful Oyster Shell minerality backed by crisp lemons...and then you have Les Chatillons...wow... The aromas are driven by an array of fruit, with an underlying (dare I say signature) note of lime and minerality then the palate contains interwoven layers of texture, nectarines and peaches. Gently wrapped in acid, this one is a keeper.
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 1970s. His father gradually gained planting rights and slowly added to the family vineyard holdings over time. Today the current size of the estate is 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 from Beaune and after graduating he travelled the world, doing various internships to gain experience 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. 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 cuvée where the wines undergo full malolactic. His oldest plot of vines is Les Châtillons, which was planted in early 1970s and is located just behind the hill of Grand Crus. This cuvée also has a small portion of barrel ageing, employed to great effect.