Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Chablis, France
Owner / Director: Michel Laroche

I had the pleasure to revisit the winery in Chablis this past July, to sample this along with several other wines in their portfolio. As I enjoyed another glass with lunch, I thought I must share this wine with friends this summer season when the wine arrived here in New Zealand.
The vines from which the fruit is sourced for this wine - are carefully cared for to maintain the lively, mineral fruit character that typifies classic Chablis.

 

Each parcel was harvested separately over a few days as they achieved the ideal ripeness - and quickly taken to the winery to retain the lively characters. As the harvested fruit came into the winery - thanks to the growing season ending well, the fruit had developed elegant, aromatics, with well-balanced ripe fruit and generous mineral notes.
The grapes were pressed and the 'must' was fermented in stainless steel tank for two weeks at 16°C which retained the freshness and purity. The wine went through 100% malolactic fermentation and spent nearly six months on its lees to give extra palate complexity and a smooth mouth-feel. The wine was only lightly filtrated to preserve the natural body and fruit character.
In the glass you have a pale, straw gold colour. On the nose you find those fresh, youthful mineral notes that typify this bright wine. The palate is lifted and harmonious, showing crisp flavours of freshly picked apples, with subtle highlights of white blossom. This wine along with crisp fruit notes, has delicate layers of those mineral characters creating a lively, dry wine, with a cleansing finish. Chill and serve at 8-10°C.

A vibrant, lively, crisp Chablis.

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

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with oysters, steamed fish, Asian and vegetarian cuisine, enjoy.