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Pierrick Laroche Maison des Hâtes Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2016

Pierrick Laroche Maison des Hâtes Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2016

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Variety: Chardonnay
Country, Region: France, Burgundy
Appellation: Chablis

'Texturally compelling, this wine’s layered richness has the abrasion and stony depth of chardonnay grown in limestone and clay. Its peach ripeness is fresh and fragrant, heightened by scents of chamomile, green pear and crisp notes of parsley. Hints of toffee and caramel create an ornate layering, a combination of fresh and ripe. Decant it for braised rabbit or other gamey stews.' 93 points, Wine & Spirits, April 2019.

Pierrick Laroche and Domaine des Hâtes

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 (his father had previously sold the grapes to La Chablisienne).

Pierrick has a degree in oenology from Beaune and after graduating he travelled the world, doing various internships to gain experience before returning home to start making wine and take over the family vineyards for himself.

His cellars are built into the side of a hill in the village enabling much of the work to be done by gravity. Vinifications are done classically in stainless steel tanks with some of the Premier and Grand Cru wines aged in used barrels for a small portion of each cuvée where the wines undergo full malolactic. His oldest plot of vines is Les Châtillons, which was planted in early 1970s and is located just behind the hill of Grand Crus. This cuvée also has a small portion of barrel ageing, employed to great effect.

Beginning with vintage 2016, Pierrick began a tiny négoce operation to augment his range, buying must from friends farming predominately on the left side of the river. These wines now include the premier crus of Beauroy, Beauregard, and Vau de Vey, along with the grand cru of Bougros. In 2019, Pierrick inherited 8 acres of vines from his father-in-law in the southern sector of Chablis around the village of Courgis. This includes Petit Chablis, 5.5 acres of Chablis, and just over half an acre of the premier cru Les Butteaux.

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