2022 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.
Brilliant pale straw to straw colour with highlights of green around the edges and a watery hue. Aromas of lime and green apple mix with wet slate, oyster shell and subtle fresh herb notes. Minerally pear and lime flavours are dispersed across the palate with some oyster shell elements and infusions of fresh herbs lying underneath. River stone like textural feel finishing dry with brisk acidity and a slatey mid length aftertaste.
Drink over the next 2-3 years.