Domaine Laroche

Bourgogne, France

Chablis Saint Martin — 2020

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  • Introduction

    • Saint Martin, the patron saint of Chablis, was a Roman cavalry officer who became a humble monk and was elected Bishop of Tours. After his death in 397, his body was brought back to the Abbey of Marmoutier in Tours, where his relics (such as his cavalry cape, which he had torn in half for a beggar) were kept. In 877, as the Normans were invading the Touraine, monks took his relics to Chablis to avoid destruction. Saint Martin’s relics were kept for a decade in the Obédiencerie of the ninth-century monastery in the town of Chablis. The Saint Martin cuvée is the flagship wine of Domaine Laroche, a symbol of the Laroche values of sharing and conviviality.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • The Chablis Saint Martin is a blending of the most beautiful plots of the domaine’s within the appellation. The terroir of Chablis located on the  Kimmeridgian soil has both excellent acidity and remarkable finesse. Thanks to a long aging on fine lees, Chablis Saint Martin offers the typical minerality.

    • Grape Source: 100% Chardonnay
    • Viticulture: One man, one plot: There are more than 30 people who are dedicated to caring for the 90-plus hectares (222.39 acres) of Domaine Laroche vineyards, with each person responsible for only one plot. This tailor-made approach allows them to manage the vineyards with precision, speed and accuracy.
    • Density: 6,600 vines per hectare (2,670 vines per acre); 10,000 vines per hectare (4,047 vines per acre) for younger vines; massal selection from Laroche old vines for the new plantings.
  • Vintage Report

    • The harvest 2020 started on August 25th. The harvest yields were impacted by drought, particularly for the certain plots that were well exposed to the sun. Chablis Saint Martin 2020 offers it’s typical minerality and freshness.

  • Vinification

    • Whole bunches are collected in a pneumatic press, then 12 hours settling at 12 to 15°C in specially designed wide tanks to accelerate the natural settling process and produce very clear juice. 15 days of fermentation at 16°C in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation and aging for 6 months on fine lees in 85% steel tanks and 15% in “foudres” – large oak casks of 55hl of 30 years old.

    • Filtration: Minimal filtration is used to preserve and maximize the natural character of the wine.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Pale yellow and brilliant. The nose opens on notes of chalk, white flowers and ripe white fruits. Minerality on the palate with a long and saline finish. Perfect as an aperitif or to pair with seafood, prawns or fish.