Pierrick Laroche is a young winegrower who’s family Domaine is located in Maligny, a village nested in the rich hills of North Chablis vineyard. He has taken his family vines out of the wine cooperative and made his first vintage in 2010. Pierrick believes that 90% of the wine quality comes from the quality of the terroir. The 25 hectares estate is run with a lot of care, with the objective of reducing to the strict minimum all use of chemical products. He produces beautiful Chablis wines, rich and tense.
The domain has nearly thirty acres planted in the Chablis classification, all of it planted in the Maligny commune except for 2.5 acres in the little valley of Fontenay heading toward the Grand Crus. He has eight parcels ranked Chablis, and the average age of the vines is 30 years.
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 malolactic fermentation. Picking perhaps earlier than some of his neighbours Pierrick captures beautiful acidity and brightness of fruit – he then loves giving the wine a long élevage in tank to build texture and weight and complexity. He is not averse to using oak – but it is done at a very minimal level with just the 1er Cru wine having less than 25% oak ageing.
Classic Chablis flavours with a limey pithy undercurrent and some nice weighty matter in the middle. Just a whiff of more chalky, mineral stoniness adds a smart frame.
13.5 % abv