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Pierrick Laroche, Domaine des Hates Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume L'Homme Mort 2018

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The Wine

Vinified with indigenous yeast with a very long slow alcoholic fermentation of 2-3 months. The wine is aged in stainless steel for 80% and in aged barrels for 20% giving a wine of excellent complexity and depth. ’The Same elevage as the Beauroy (15 months aging on lees) – 30% barrel, part larger format. Have aspersion here to protect from the spring frosts. A more open nose, no reduction, slowly adding a little floral aspect. Here’s an extra roundness in the mouth, but the flavour is open and round but obviously mineral and wide too. Another really excellent finish, a little intensity short of great – but all the wines finish so well here.’ Bill Nanson, Burgundy Report, January 2021.

The Finer Details
Variety - Chardonnay
Country -  France
Region - Chablis
Extra - Cork
Year - 2018
Volume - 750ml

About the Wine Maker

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. 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. The domain farms 1.1 ha in this subsection of Fourchaume which is located towards the northern part of Fourchaume, a top Premier Cru vineyard noted for growing on similar contours as the Grand Crus above the right bank of the Serein. Pierrick's vines average 25 years with some up to 35 years old.