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Pierrick Laroche Domaine des Hâtes Chablis Les Châtillons 2019

Pierrick Laroche Domaine des Hâtes Chablis Les Châtillons 2019

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


Les Châtillons is the most calcareous of Pierrick’s eight
Villages sites. The parcel was planted in 1972-73 and makes for an elegant, long, especially mineral wine and for that reason he bottles it separately. Roughly 15% is aged in wood (both barriques and demi-muids) and this is blended with the steel-aged remainder.

'Oldest vines of the domaine, planted in 70 and 71 with a massale selection in Maligny – normally 30-45 hl/ha but over 50 in this vintage – on a Kimmerigian plateau, vinified like 1er crus so with 30% wood, part of that in large-formats. Normally bottled May of the following year.' Burgundy-report.com, Bill Nanson, January 2021.

'The 2019 Chablis Les Châtillons has a generous bouquet of orange blossom and orchard fruit, hints of strawberry coming through with aeration. The palate is fresh and vibrant with grapefruit and nectarine notes. Not a complex Chablis-Village and missing mineralité, yet fresh and flavorsome. Enjoy over 4–5 years. Drink 2021-2026.' 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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