Grape Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Chablis, France
Chief Winemaker: Grégory Viennois

Looking for a Chablis to show varietal typicity and classic terroir characters - then look no further than this ‘Saint Martin’ expression. This wine is a blend of the best vineyard sites of Domaine Laroche in the Chablis appellation. Grown in Kimmeridgian soils, with vines planted in a west to north-west orientation. Due to the diverse character of these unique sites, they contribute vibrancy and complexity to this cuvée.

 

Domaine Laroche has a traditional philosophy to viticulture, they have one person in complete charge of each vineyard site from bud-burst to harvest. These vineyards were converted to organic viticulture back in 2010 with a minimum of four consecutive years of organic cultivation (one more year than EU regulations) before they considered their viticulture to be 100% organic. They practice traditional Chablis viticulture - with aerated canopies and leaf thinning employed to prevent growth of botrytis, plus a green harvest when and where required. Their combined area of vines account for approximately 60 hectares, with the vines having an average age of 36 years.
I was in these vineyards for 3 days last year, having a look at the fruit across their sites. The 2015 vintage was a testing growing season with mixed conditions and on the 1st September, a hailstorm affected 2 of their vineyards. Which resulted in a partial loss of yield but didn’t impact the quality of the grapes due to careful sorting in the vineyard and cellar. Overall, the fruit for this wine shows good concentration, balance and signature mineral freshness.
As the fruit arrived into the winery the parcels were whole bunched pressed, with 12 hours of settling at 12 - 15°C in specially designed wide tanks which aided in aeration during this natural process. The pressed juice had remarkable balance, vibrant natural acidity, though without any malic (sharp) notes, subtle alcohol and good ageing potential.
When fermentation was initiated it lasted for around 3 weeks at 17°C in stainless steel tanks. There was no malolactic fermentation, and after filtration with bentonite, the wine was then aged for 8 months on fine lees in stainless-steel tanks, with no barrel maturation. The wine then had minimal filtration to preserve the maximum natural varietal characters.
In your glass you will have a pale lemon-gold colour with a shining hue. A cheeky, fragrant nose with hints of ripe green apples, limes and white floral aromas. Lively on the palate with a mineral accent on layers of citrus and white-fleshed fruits like green apples and lime flavours are followed by touches of green herbs. The terroir of Chablis has both excellent acidity and remarkable finesse. Thanks to a long ageing on fine lees, this 2015 ‘Saint Martin’ offers typical minerality of the best terroirs of this wine region. Light in body, very fresh and possessing a lively mouth-feel, with a mineral seam that cuts across the palate. Resulting in a wonderful lingering distinctive character, a classic refreshing dry finish with lifted acidity.
This 2015 Domaine Laroche ‘Saint Martin’ Chablis has 12.5% Alc/vol. Chill gently and serve in an aromatic shaped wine glass at 8-9°C. 

An elegant Chablis with a classic mineral core.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this coming season; and will age well for another 2-3 years. 

FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Perfect wine pairing with naturally served oysters, scallops, grilled calamari, pork cutlets with apple sauce and a classic Caesar salad - enjoy.