D’henri Chablis Saint Pierre 2017
The Laroche family traces its roots in Chablis back to the 18th century. The Domaine d’Henri, now owned and managed by Michel Laroche and his children, is named after Michel’s father. It began with just under 5 acres, planted by Michel’s grandfather and has since grown to 40 acres, with 8 in Petit Chablis, 21 in Chablis and 11 in 1er Cru Fourchaume.
The vineyards are farmed sustainably. Since 2012, massale selection from the oldest vines, dating from 1937, is used for all new plantings. Natural techniques are adapted to each terroir to regulate the impact of climatic incidents while preserving the ecosystem and allowing root systems to penetrate as deeply as possible. Meticulous pruning and leaf removal insures that yields are limited.
Parcels are vinified separately after a gentle pressing using indigenous yeasts. Oak is introduced judiciously in the elevage. A total of 10% – 35% of the overall production is aged in barrels, a portion of which are replaced each year, and the balance in stainless steel. Cold stabilization and aggressive filtering are avoided. The wines are clean, fresh and mineral driven with fine aromatics, complexity and texture.