2019 Domaine des Hates Petit Chablis
Located in the north-west sector of Chablis in the village of Maligny, Pierrick Laroche runs this family estate which was established by his father in the 1970s. After getting a degree in oenology from Beaune and after graduating Patrick travelled the world, doing various internships to gain experience before returning home to start making wine and take over the family vineyards for himself. In 2010 he ceased selling grapes to the local co-operative and produced his first vintage to great acclaim.
The domain has nearly 12ha of Petit Chablis, classified as such because the limestone tends to be the younger Portlandian rather than the older Kimmeridgian, and as such typically occupies higher sites (Portlandian overlies Kimmeridgian) and has less clay. Pierrick is convinced that his largest parcel of Petit really ought to be classed as Chablis; it makes wine like Chablis and indeed is surrounded by AOC Chablis vines.
A delicious Petit Chablis that combines intensity and tension with a stony mineral laced finish.
Brilliant pale straw colour with a subtle glimmer of green to the edges and a watery hue. Distinct pear and lime scents show good lift out of the glass with faint dried honey, wet slate and delicate oyster shell notes enhancing the aromatic profile. Beautifully proportioned, there’s plenty of moreish appeal to the palate with pear and lime fruits layered across a slatey back drop. Infusions of oyster shells and fresh herbs also chime in. Finishes with brisk acidity, a delightful pebble stone like mouthfeel and long scrumptious aftertaste. Petit Chablis doesn’t get much better than this.
Fantastic drinking over the next 3-4 years.