Domaine Laroche epitomises Chablis, with impeccable quality and a remarkable 100 hectares of...
vineyards, including 30 hectares of Premier Cru and six hectares of Grand Cru sites. Founded in 1850, there is still a dynamism which permeates everything they do. Michel Laroche merged with another family-owned producer, Jeanjean, in 2009 and he remains involved in the business, along with his wife Gwénaël. As part of their aim to retain purity and minerality in the finished wine, Laroche was the first Burgundian producer to move to screwcaps in 2002.
Saint Martin refers to the patron saint of Chablis, whose relics were kept in the domaine's ancient monastery for many years. Domaine Laroche owns 63 hectares of Chablis vineyard on the famous Kimmeridgian soil that gives the wines such precision. Each plot, of which there are 30 in total, has a different exposure, soil depth and vine age which contributes complexity to the wine and means that every parcel ripens at a different time. Gregory Viennois refers to Chardonnay's 'two-day window' of maturity - if the parcels aren't harvested in this time the precious Chablis aromas are lost.
A mild winter was followed by a cold and rainy spring with some spring frost and hailstorms on some parts of the appellation. August was warm and dry which favoured the ripening and accelerated the maturation process. The ideal September weather conditions with mild showers and a nice sunshine ensured the full maturation of the grapes. The 2016 vintage is certainly a very precise vintage, fresh, lively and well balanced.
The grapes were pressed and settled at low temperatures for 12 hours in wide tanks, to aid sedimentation and minimise the need for sulphur dioxide. The fermentation lasted 21 days at 17°C, followed by full malolactic fermentation. After filtration with Bentonite, the majority of the wine is aged for eight months on fine lees in stainless steel with a small amount (8%) in large oak casks (foudres). Filtration was light to preserve the natural body of the wine.
Pale gold in colour. This wine has an intense freshness typical of the area, with ripe white fruit and white blossom aromas. On the palate, its minerality gives a lingering finish and wonderfully distinct character.
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