Pierrick Laroche Domaine des Hâtes Chablis
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The domain has nearly 12 hectares 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. Pierrick Laroche has eight parcels ranked Chablis, and the average age of the vines is 25 years.
Expert Reviews & Awards
"The 2020 Chablis has a fresh, earthy bouquet that unfolds with aeration to reveal light marine notes. The taut, fresh palate is well balanced with fine acidity and a crisp, malic finish that does its job without frills. If that's what you want, then this is just the ticket.”
Neal Martin, Vinous, October 2021
Pierrick Laroche, Domaine des Hates
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.
Chardonnay This famous French variety is easily the most recognised and enjoyed white wine worldwide. Chardonnay has been grown in, experimented with and been successfully adapted to just about every wine-producing region on earth. Chardonnay offers diverse styles from the lean, steely structured, crisp and clean styles, to the more rich, full bodied examples, often enhanced by toasty vanillin oak characters. Chardonnay offers a wonderful spectrum of flavours, from those of lemon and apple through to exotic, tropical fruits and spices. It seems there is a chardonnay to please just about every palate! So what makes it so appealing? Wine consumers love it! Chardonnay offers a range of styles, from crisp ‘Chablis' style examples, to rich and buttery versions. Viticulturists love it! It grows well in a range of climates and soils. It achieves a good level of ripeness, is impervious to disease and apart from spring frosts, climatic threats are limited during the passage of the vineyard year through good vineyard management. Winemakers love it too! Chardonnay is a versatile variety that thrives in a range of climates and soils. As well as achieving a good level of ripeness, it is relatively resistant to disease, and apart from spring frosts, climatic threats are limited during the passage of the year. Key Facts About Chardonnay Chardonnay’s spiritual homeland is Burgundy in France, although there is evidence that links it back to Lebanon in the Middle East. In France it is responsible for the wines known as Chablis and Macon as well as the Village, Premier and Grand Cru wines of the Côte d’Or. Chardonnay is the consummate world traveler. Since the 1960s chardonnay has migrated to all wine growing countries and is produced around the globe. Chardonnay wines are medium straw in colour, deepening to rich yellow and gold with age. Rarely do you see a chardonnay that is pale white in colour, although we have come a long way from the deep heavy yellows of new world chardonnays produced in the 1970s and 1980s. Chardonnay has lots of flavour but this is balanced by a good deal of natural acidity. This balance lends itself to depth of flavour and all well made chardonnays have plenty of dimensions to enjoy. Chardonnay in Australia Nowhere is the versatility of this wonderful grape variety better expressed than across the vineyards, regions and winemaking styles of Australia. The Aussie chardonnay scene is defined by regional diversity making it a virtual playground for our viticulturists and grape growers. Our winemakers develop expertise experimenting with the many regional styles of chardonnay and the numerous winemaking techniques associated with this variety. In Australia, we are not inhibited by the appellation restrictions that put a straight jacket around European grape growers and winemakers, forcing specific varieties to be grown in specific regions. Australian chardonnays, apart from being delicious and well crafted, won’t burn a hole in your pocket. We like to ensure our wines are affordable and able to be enjoyed by as many people as we can. Australian chardonnay is not the world’s cheapest, but the value it represents has carried our reputation around the globe. Regional Chardonnay Chardonnay grows well in almost every wine region of Australia and is the mainstay of a great many vineyards. Its certainty of ripening and universal demand gives a grower something of an assurance against the fickle swings of weather and market place. Chardonnay loves to grow in all climates, producing quite different wines in each. In cooler regions like the Yarra Valley, Tasmania, Tumbarumba and Orange chardonnays show delicate flavours of citrus, grapefruit and green apple. The acidity is lively, sometimes even racy or steely and the fruit is pure, focused and lean. In warmer regions, particularly the Hunter Valley and Margaret River we grow richer chardonnays that show tropical fruit flavours like peach and apricot. In distinctly warm to hot areas like the Barossa Valley, we find rich expressions of ripe pineapple and fig really lifting out of the glass. Australian chardonnays, apart from being delicious and well crafted, won’t burn a hole in your pocket. We like to ensure our wines are affordable and able to be enjoyed by as many people as we can. Australian chardonnay is not the world’s cheapest, but the value it represents has carried our reputation around the globe.
Located near the French city of Dijon, in central-eastern France, Burgundy is seen as the international benchmark for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir winemaking around the world. The Burgundy region covers a large area that includes Chablis and over 100 other appellations (regions, villages and vineyards). The five key areas in Burgundy are; Chablis, Cotes de Nuits, Cotes de Beaune, Cote Chalonnaise and Maconnais. Within Chablis, the vineyards that produce the wines of Chablis Premier Cru and Chablis Grand Cru tend to be located on the sides of the valley that have a south facing aspect, ideal for developing more concentrated fruit aromas and flavours. Some of the best Pinot Noir wines are produced in the Cote de Nuits while the Cote de Beaune is more well known for producing exceptional Chardonnay. The appellation system highlights these differences across all of the appellations in Burgundy. For example, almost all of the red grand cru wines (such as Romanee-Conti) are produced in the Cotes de Nuits while all of the white grand cru wines are produced in the Cotes de Beaune (such as Montrachet).
Closure: Screw Cap
Wine Body: Medium Bodied
Wine Sweetness: Dry
Non Alcoholic: No
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