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

If you are looking for a Chablis to show varietal typicity and classic terroir character - 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. Growing in Kimmeridgian soils with vines planted in a west to north-west orientation. Due to the diverse character of these unique sources, they bring vibrancy and complexity to this cuvée.

 

Domaine Laroche has a traditional philosophy to viticulture, where they have one-man, one plot cultivation, meaning one person is completely in charge of their vineyards from bud-burst to harvest. These sites were converted to organic viticulture 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. Traditional Chablis viticulture with aerated canopies and leaf plucking employed to prevent growth of botrytis and also green harvesting when and where required. The combined area of vines accounts for approximately 60 hectares, with the vines having an average age of 35 years.
I was actually in these vineyards in July 2014 - having a look at the fruit across their sites. During the growing season ripening was ideally slow and with the chosen parcels reaching full ripeness, with ideal fruit concentration. Harvest was in mid to late September. As the fruit arrived into the winery the parcels were whole bunched pressed, then had 12 hours settling at 12°C to 15°C in specially designed wide tanks which aided in aeration during the natural settling process. The pressed juice had a remarkable balance, with natural acidity, without any malic notes, subtle alcohol potential and great ageing potential.
When fermentation was initiated it lasted for 21 days at 17°C in stainless steel tanks. There was no malolactic fermentation, and 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 character of the wine.
In your glass you will be greeted by a pale lemon glow with a shining hue. This lifted, bright white wine gets its personality and character directly from the selected fruit parcels and not from any creative winemaking. On the nose you will be engaged by crisp pip-fruits, and fragrant white floral notes. The Chablis is lively on the palate with a confident mineral accent, entwined with layers of white fruits and citrus characters. The flavour profile has a confident expression, typical of the team’s precise selective process and respectful winemaking. The palate is well balanced with varietal and site unique freshness complimented by natural bright acidity and a good mineral seam - resulting in a lingering, crisp finish.
This 2014 ‘Saint Martin’ Chablis has 12% Alc. Chill gently and serve at 8-10°C. 

A vibrant, engaging and mineral accented Chablis.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this season; plus will age nicely for another 5-7 years. 

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with naturally served oysters, scallops, herb fish dishes, pork cutlets with apple sauce and a couscous based vegetarian salad, enjoy.