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Pierrick Laroche Domaine des Hâtes Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume L'Homme Mort 2019

Pierrick Laroche Domaine des Hâtes Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume L'Homme Mort 2019

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

The domain farms 1.1 ha in this subsection of Fourchaume which is located towards the northern part of Fourchaume, a top Premier Cru vineyard noted for growing on similar contours as the Grand Crus above the right bank of the Serein. Pierrick's vines average 25 years with some up to 35 years old. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeast with a long 2-3 months alcolholic fermentation in stainless steel. Aging for 14 months in stainless steel for 80% and in aged barrels for 20% giving a wine of excellent complexity and depth.

"The 2019 Chablis L'Homme Mort 1er Cru has a well-defined bouquet of apple blossom, ground flint and light loamy aromas. The palate is taut and fresh on the entry, delivering lime and red apple notes and moderate depth, although it is missing a little tension on the slightly herbal finish. Good, but short-term." 88 points, Neal Martin, Vinous, October 2021.

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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