Chablis

Chablis was one of the areas where frost hit hardest in 2016, and it was followed in the cool spring by oidium and mildew which further compounded the growers' woes. This was a miserable start to the year, made all the more galling by the fact that the grapes that did survive the first half of the growing season have made such lovely wines. If you are a Chablis fan, buy now while you can.


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Domaine des Hâtes

It is no surprise that Domaine des Hâtes has been recently hailed as '.. one of the new Chablis growers to watch out for..' by the Robert Parker team. Our first visit there in November was very memorable and the work going on here is hugely impressive. Pierrick Laroche is a charming young man and a very talented winemaker. He owns 12 Hectares of Chablis vineyards and a complete Hectare of 1er Cru Homme Mort, which he labels as 'Fourchaume L'Homme Mort'. It is all about freshness and precision here. 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. The results are super, bright, elegant wines but with a real shape and feel - classical, but interesting Chablis.
2016 CHABLIS Domaine des Hâtes

2016 CHABLIS Domaine des Hâtes

75cl bottles, case of 12

Great impact here on the nose - this was bottled on the 10th of December (less than a month ago) and Pierrick explains some of the expression is muted for now as a result - and yet this is still very Great impact here on the nose - this was bottled on the 10th of December (less than a month ago) and Pierrick explains some of the expression is muted for now as a result - and yet this is still very appealing! 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. What's not to like? And this will only become more fun. A great vintage here. L&S (Jan 2018)

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2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Fourchaume Homme Mort Domaine des Hâtes

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Domaine Adhémar et Francis Boudin

Domaine Adhémar & Francis Boudin, also known as Domaine de Chantemerle, has supplied L&S since our very first list. Adhémar, who sadly departed on his 96th birthday in the late autumn of 2016, was a well-known personality, never short of a story. He was in the leading group of the pioneering growers who cleared scrub and planted some of the original Chablis vineyards. It was hard, and he only stopped keeping cows alongside ('if you didn't have a cow or two you died of hunger') in the mid 1950s. It is astonishing to think that the Premiers Crus were only defined in 1975. Francis, who has obviously been in charge for may years, continues to make wines which from this sector at La Chapelle Vaupelteigne, next to the Fourchaume escarpment, gets good ripeness and the wines here are quite fat and supple, while still retaining the classic Chablis minerality.
2016 CHABLIS Domaine Adhémar et Francis Boudin

2016 CHABLIS Domaine Adhémar et Francis Boudin

75cl bottles, case of 12

This is still our best-selling Chablis and no surprise really that people can see past the rather old-fashioned label and realise what a mighty fine example this is - and great value too. As ever the This is still our best-selling Chablis and no surprise really that people can see past the rather old-fashioned label and realise what a mighty fine example this is - and great value too. As ever the Boudin's Chablis is classically shaped and yet has a bit more weight in the middle and tad more flesh than some neighbours, which makes it just so drinkable. Nice tension on the nose, citrus, mineral, stones, palate is taut with good grip, ripe full acid, mineral, citrus, there is good weight and length which will continue to develop further with time. L&S (Mar 2018)

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2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Fourchaume Domaine Adhémar et Francis Boudin

2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Fourchaume Domaine Adhémar et Francis Boudin

75cl bottles, case of 12

Peanuts, dairy, lime and apple – vocal and typical. Expressive and layered with lovely pith on the finish. Peanuts, dairy, lime and apple – vocal and typical. Expressive and layered with lovely pith on the finish. Drinking range: 2017 - 2023 Rating: 17 Richard Hemming - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2018)

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2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Homme Mort Domaine Adhémar et Francis Boudin

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Domaine Denis Pommier

Denis and Isabelle Pommier have come a long way since they inherited 2 hectares of vines in 1990. They bottled their first wine in 1994 and now produce fabulous wines from their 18 hectares of vineyards. The Petit Chablis is brisk and fresh - made entirely in stainless steel - while the Premier Crus benefit from a small amount of barrel-fermentation and élevage. The Troësmes is relatively rounder, while the Côte de Léchet is the one for fans of the slatier, crystalline side of minerality. Keep either of the premiers crus four to six years. The fuller Troësmes used to be called Beauroy - it's from a smaller part of the larger area that can be called Beauroy, but the Pommiers wanted to be more specific and use the name of this particular parcel. It can keep perhaps a year or two longer than the Côte de Léchet.
2016 PETIT CHABLIS Domaine Denis Pommier

2016 PETIT CHABLIS Domaine Denis Pommier

75cl bottles, case of 12

(Bottled 10 Minutes before we tasted) Zippy attack, but quite dense, quite weighty fruit. There's a nice, fleshy feel. Richish, Ripe fruits here- soft, warm grapefruit and peachy undertones, but (Bottled 10 Minutes before we tasted) Zippy attack, but quite dense, quite weighty fruit. There's a nice, fleshy feel. Richish, Ripe fruits here- soft, warm grapefruit and peachy undertones, but essentially bright and lifted. L&S (Nov 2017)

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2016 CHABLIS Croix aux Moines Domaine Denis Pommier

2016 CHABLIS Croix aux Moines Domaine Denis Pommier

75cl bottles, case of 12

Just 21 barrels this year after 3 hours in the pressoir. Assembled in August 2017 and this will then be bottled in late January or early February 2018. Brighter still than the 'village' wine. Less Just 21 barrels this year after 3 hours in the pressoir. Assembled in August 2017 and this will then be bottled in late January or early February 2018. Brighter still than the 'village' wine. Less weight, less flesh. More Chablis in style and yet finishes with a ripe round fleshy push, it does fill out across the palate. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Côte de Léchet Domaine Denis Pommier

2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Côte de Léchet Domaine Denis Pommier

75cl bottles, case of 12

This will be bottled in the Spring of 2018. Denis says that after the wines' 2nd winter in the cellar they will take on more focus and the mineral edge will come out more. Oh yes, great acidity This will be bottled in the Spring of 2018. Denis says that after the wines' 2nd winter in the cellar they will take on more focus and the mineral edge will come out more. Oh yes, great acidity here leads in to some pineapple and spiced bread. Really straight, lovely mineral core. Classic Lechet. - with a cushion of flesh too - c'est bon. Long and sleek. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Troësmes Domaine Denis Pommier

2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Troësmes Domaine Denis Pommier

75cl bottles, case of 12

(Bottling in March) Finally a bit of oyster shell and some mineral undertones. A lovely and fresh citrus start, then minerality flows through it joyously. Fruit is ripe - but less fat here and the (Bottling in March) Finally a bit of oyster shell and some mineral undertones. A lovely and fresh citrus start, then minerality flows through it joyously. Fruit is ripe - but less fat here and the sensation is good, clean and fine - but the fruit element is nicely ripe and round. Good, more classic Chablis. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Moreau-Naudet

The domaine will continue under Stéphane's wife Virginie, but we will miss the bright star that was Stéphane Moreau-Naudet, who died suddenly in September 2016. Stéphane, who was influenced by Vincent Dauvissat, who recommended him to us many years ago, was a consummate vigneron, and craftsman in the cellar, using barrel-élevage, but not in such a way that oakiness can readily be detected in the wines (all the barrels are steamed rather than charred and they use no new oak except for in the straight Chablis, and then only one barrel per 100hl in order to age it prior to using for the Premiers Crus). Wines full of racy character and complexity.
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2016 PETIT CHABLIS Domaine Moreau-Naudet

2016 PETIT CHABLIS Domaine Moreau-Naudet

75cl bottles, case of 12

Tasted from Tank. Peppy. Spritely. Very good vim and sweet middle to the green agrumes fruit. White berries and lovely, crisp, leafy crunch. Good feel and weight of 'matiere'. Tasted from Tank. Peppy. Spritely. Very good vim and sweet middle to the green agrumes fruit. White berries and lovely, crisp, leafy crunch. Good feel and weight of 'matiere'. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHABLIS Domaine Moreau-Naudet

2016 CHABLIS Domaine Moreau-Naudet

75cl bottles, case of 12

Globally down to about a quarter of normal production. This will be bottled in January 2018. Lovely bright feel. There's that fruit again. Nicely ripe. Good smooth lines. Good acidity too, touch of Globally down to about a quarter of normal production. This will be bottled in January 2018. Lovely bright feel. There's that fruit again. Nicely ripe. Good smooth lines. Good acidity too, touch of iodine, but this is slick and polished and on the fruit really. Clean and nicely balanced. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Montmains Domaine Moreau-Naudet

2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Montmains Domaine Moreau-Naudet

75cl bottles, case of 12

More spritzy still, great bite, great iodine-infused, clean underscore. Then a precise middle running through - a pinpoint spear of highly concentrated, zinging lemony, zippy juice. Long and bright More spritzy still, great bite, great iodine-infused, clean underscore. Then a precise middle running through - a pinpoint spear of highly concentrated, zinging lemony, zippy juice. Long and bright but not tart - just the right level of acidity. Poised. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Forêts Domaine Moreau-Naudet

2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Forêts Domaine Moreau-Naudet

75cl bottles, case of 12

More perk here, good lemony kick sets the town - some mashed peach and some yellow grapefruit - some pineapple essence too. Again so intense, so concentrated you can really tell that lots of bunches More perk here, good lemony kick sets the town - some mashed peach and some yellow grapefruit - some pineapple essence too. Again so intense, so concentrated you can really tell that lots of bunches were lost. Lovely and fresh with clean, long lines. Juicily, mouth-wateringly acid. Good L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Vaillons Domaine Moreau-Naudet

2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Vaillons Domaine Moreau-Naudet

75cl bottles, case of 12

Nice feel. More savoury. More shells - but quite ripe fruit again. Way more power. More breadth and some deeper, darker corners. Intriguing and inviting. Nice clean lines though, a powder scrub Nice feel. More savoury. More shells - but quite ripe fruit again. Way more power. More breadth and some deeper, darker corners. Intriguing and inviting. Nice clean lines though, a powder scrub starts good mineral feel - but there is a ripeness to the yellow-fruited middle that persists. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre Domaine Moreau-Naudet

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2016 CHABLIS Grand Cru Valmur Domaine Moreau-Naudet

2016 CHABLIS Grand Cru Valmur Domaine Moreau-Naudet

75cl bottles, case of 6

Rather creamy, even soft. It has the density underneath but less obvious acidity and structure than some Chablis grands crus. Rather creamy, even soft. It has the density underneath but less obvious acidity and structure than some Chablis grands crus. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 16.5 L&S (Feb 2018)

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Domaine Solange Tribut

Solange Tribut is the daughter of Laurent Tribut, whose excellent Chablis we have sold successfully for years, and the niece of the highly regarded Vincent Dauvissat. The family tradition for expressive yet pure Chablis is safe in her hands. Her wines are very classically shaped. Light on their toes - pithy with lovely citrus highs and great clean lines. Super value wines with great heritage.
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2016 CHABLIS Domaine Solange Tribut

2016 CHABLIS Domaine Solange Tribut

75cl bottles, case of 12

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Domaine Laurent Tribut

Laurent Tribut is married to Vincent Dauvissat's sister, Marie Clotilde. When he started he made his wines in the Dauvissat cellar in Chablis, but now this small family-run domaine is based in Poinchy just outside the city limits of Chablis. You could not hope to meet a more charming and mild-mannered man as Laurent. He is a quiet genius, making some of the purest and most wonderful wines in the appellation. With just 6 hectares the quantities are small - but the quality of all his cuvées is extraordinary. Pure, powerfully driven, classically shaped there is more than a passing similarity to the wines of his brother-in-law the head-line grabbing Vincent Dauvissat. Buyers will enjoy these super wines with some time in bottle too - there is a great ability to age and patience will pay off, just before Christmas we tasted the 1er Cru Cote de Lechet 2004 with Laurent in his cellar and although evolving beautifully, it was still bright, youthful and full of vigour.
2016 CHABLIS Domaine Laurent Tribut

2016 CHABLIS Domaine Laurent Tribut

75cl bottles, case of 12

After visiting Pommier we are back in a classic Chablis groove here. This is more like Chablis - classic. Nicely taut and bright. Edgy, citrus scrape and good drive and energy - but not much meat After visiting Pommier we are back in a classic Chablis groove here. This is more like Chablis - classic. Nicely taut and bright. Edgy, citrus scrape and good drive and energy - but not much meat here, relative to others. Finishes with good crushed shells and then a touch of fruit which is ripe and satisfying. A smart Chablis for the purists. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Beauroy Domaine Laurent Tribut

2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Beauroy Domaine Laurent Tribut

75cl bottles, case of 12

Great restrained texture, this is mineral is fine is intense. 'Assez tendre' says Laurent, and he is right this has a good, soft weight to it and yet there is enough tension/balance for me - but I Great restrained texture, this is mineral is fine is intense. 'Assez tendre' says Laurent, and he is right this has a good, soft weight to it and yet there is enough tension/balance for me - but I sense Lauent would prefer more tautness. However, this has great minerality - and then a soft blanket of ripe fruit too. Unmistakable Chablis, but clearly a 'solaire' year. Very attractive. L&S (Dec 2017)

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2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Côte de Léchet Domaine Laurent Tribut

75cl bottles, case of 12

Yes. More iodine, more seashells a delicious saline feel, here it is. True Chablis - super feel, sleek but poised and pure. Some muscle, good kick and bounce, but graceful too. Impressive and classic. Yes. More iodine, more seashells a delicious saline feel, here it is. True Chablis - super feel, sleek but poised and pure. Some muscle, good kick and bounce, but graceful too. Impressive and classic. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Montmains Domaine Laurent Tribut

2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Montmains Domaine Laurent Tribut

75cl bottles, case of 12

Clean bright saline - more steely. More zing and drive. Nicely poised - fruit core is tight and firm but you can sense the ripeness, this is juicy too. And will unfurl in time. This flows Clean bright saline - more steely. More zing and drive. Nicely poised - fruit core is tight and firm but you can sense the ripeness, this is juicy too. And will unfurl in time. This flows effortlessly. Clean bright and quite easy feel for now. Limpid and pure, with less scrape and push. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Drouhin Vaudon

The Beaune-based merchant Joseph Drouhin has restyled its Chablis Domaine 'Domaine Drouhin-Vaudon' to emphasise its ties with and holdings in (38 hectares) the Chablis vineyard. The Moulin de Vaudon, an 18th Century watermill straddling the Serein River, close to the Grand Cru vineyards of Chablis, is the headquarters and the source of the name. It is the largest estate in Chablis entirely farmed biodynamically.
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2016 CHABLIS Grand Cru Les Clos Domaine Drouhin Vaudon

2016 CHABLIS Grand Cru Les Clos Domaine Drouhin Vaudon

75cl bottles, case of 6

(They were able to retain their Bio-dynamic practices with this Grand Cru, despite the conditions. Harvested September 29th) Nice pithy lemon nose - follows to the palate with good restraint and fine (They were able to retain their Bio-dynamic practices with this Grand Cru, despite the conditions. Harvested September 29th) Nice pithy lemon nose - follows to the palate with good restraint and fine lines, nice acidity and quite a ripe core of sweeter, golden mirabelle fruit. Some almost ginger-spice here too and a pineapple cube like crunch. Impressively concentrated middle L&S (Nov 2017)

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Domaine Vincent Dauvissat

Vincent Dauvissat remains one of the (if not the) leading lights of Chablis, and his wines are always in high demand and limited volume. Single-minded determination in the vineyard, followed by very subtle use of old oak barrels as part of a long élevage, produce some of Chablis' most age-worthy and fascinating wines. The tasting in Vincent's cellar of his 2013's was one of the highlights of a recent trip. Every wine from his Petit Chablis all the way up through his village, Premier Cru and finally Grand Cru displayed incredible weight, finesse and complexity. These are wines that will start to drink in the next couple of years for the lesser wines and in the medium term for the Premier Cru & Grand Cru, but these wines have great ageing ability.
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2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Séchet Domaine Vincent Dauvissat

2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Séchet Domaine Vincent Dauvissat

75cl bottles, case of 6

The 2016 Chablis 1er Cru Séchet has a tightly wound bouquet that needs some rigorous swirling of the glass. It almost reluctantly offers up citrus fruit, walnut, smoke and faint oyster shell aromas, The 2016 Chablis 1er Cru Séchet has a tightly wound bouquet that needs some rigorous swirling of the glass. It almost reluctantly offers up citrus fruit, walnut, smoke and faint oyster shell aromas, the latter becoming more conspicuous with aeration. The palate is understated on the entry with just a dash of lemongrass, but then there is a wave of lemon curd, Chinese five spice and ginger notes that seem to flood across the senses. Because this is perhaps not a top tier premier cru, it does not quite have the persistence of the Montée de Tonnerre (for example) but it is unquestionably complex and compelling. Drinking range: 2023 - 2042 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Dec 2017)

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2016 CHABLIS Domaine Vincent Dauvissat

2016 CHABLIS Domaine Vincent Dauvissat

75cl bottles, case of 6

The 2016 Chablis comes from several parcels including La Forest on less favorably-exposed location and where the clay is slightly different. It has a perfumed bouquet that needs little encouragement The 2016 Chablis comes from several parcels including La Forest on less favorably-exposed location and where the clay is slightly different. It has a perfumed bouquet that needs little encouragement from the glass: white citrus fruit, mirabelle and hints of chalk dust. The palate is very pretty with a fine bead of acidity, beautiful poise and impressive vigor. You can feel the mouth tingling long after the wine has departed thanks to the salinity, the senses discretely begging another sip. This may well surpass the 2015 and even challenge the 2014...it's that good. Drinking range: 2020 - 2032 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Dec 2017)

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2016 CHABLIS Grand Cru Les Preuses Domaine Vincent Dauvissat

2016 CHABLIS Grand Cru Les Preuses Domaine Vincent Dauvissat

75cl bottles, case of 6

(from a 1 ha parcel planted in 1970). An airy, elegant and cool nose displays aromas of lemon-lime, white peach and sea shore whiffs. The incredibly refined yet highly seductive medium-bodied flavors (from a 1 ha parcel planted in 1970). An airy, elegant and cool nose displays aromas of lemon-lime, white peach and sea shore whiffs. The incredibly refined yet highly seductive medium-bodied flavors possess excellent mid-palate density while delivering superb length on the sneaky long finish. This is clearly still very young but the natural class of a fine Preuses is very much in evidence. Drinking range: 2024 - Rating: 92-95 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2018)

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2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Forest Domaine Vincent Dauvissat

2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Forest Domaine Vincent Dauvissat

75cl bottles, case of 6

This isn’t quite as aromatically elegant but there is even better layering to the more obviously citrus-influenced nose of pear, wet stone, iodine and ocean breeze scents. The sleek, intense and This isn’t quite as aromatically elegant but there is even better layering to the more obviously citrus-influenced nose of pear, wet stone, iodine and ocean breeze scents. The sleek, intense and utterly delicious medium weight flavors possess more mid-palate density and a bit more power as well that arises on the beautifully persistent finish. This isn’t as classy as the Montée de Tonnerre but there is even better punch thanks to the excellent underlying tension. Drinking range: 2023 - Rating: 91-93 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2018)

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2016 CHABLIS Grand Cru Les Clos Domaine Vincent Dauvissat

2016 CHABLIS Grand Cru Les Clos Domaine Vincent Dauvissat

75cl bottles, case of 6

(from 7 different parcels of 50+ year old vines that total 1.7 ha). A much more floral nose invokes ample citrus and white orchard fruit aromas that are liberally laced with an abundance of classic (from 7 different parcels of 50+ year old vines that total 1.7 ha). A much more floral nose invokes ample citrus and white orchard fruit aromas that are liberally laced with an abundance of classic Chablis elements along with hints of clove and anise. As is almost always the case, the big-bodied flavors are more obviously powerful and punchy than those of the Preuses while culminating in a driving, explosive and mineral-driven finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth. Still, this is most impressive though note that it is also very clearly built-to-age and will need at least some. Drinking range: 2026 - Rating: 92-95 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2018)

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Maison des Hâtes

Pierrick Laroche is a charming young man and a very talented winemaker. He owns 12 Hectares of Chablis vineyards and a complete Hectare of 1er Cru 'Fourchaume L'Homme Mort'. With recent short harvests year on year caused by the terrible run of luck with the weather, Pierrick has started buying in fruit to bulk out what he has - and to keep the cellar full. As with all his wines, these Hates wines are all about freshness and precision. In 2016, he has again picked earlier than some of his neighbours and so captured 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 these 2 'Negoce' wines having less than 25% oak ageing. The results are super, bright, elegant wines but with a real shape and feel - classical, but interesting Chablis.
2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Beauroy Maison des Hâtes

2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Beauroy Maison des Hâtes

75cl bottles, case of 12

With the sparsity of wine in 2016, it is amazing that Pierrick Laroche managed to get his hands on a new 1er Cru for the property. This shows perfectly the step up in quality from village to 1er Cru, With the sparsity of wine in 2016, it is amazing that Pierrick Laroche managed to get his hands on a new 1er Cru for the property. This shows perfectly the step up in quality from village to 1er Cru, more depth, width and length, lots of ripe citrus, mineral drive and tell tale iodine/oyster shell character. These wines have a lovely shape and sleekness, one for Chablis fanatics. Drinking range: 2018 - 2025 L&S (Jan 2018)

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2016 CHABLIS Grand Cru Bougros Maison des Hâtes

2016 CHABLIS Grand Cru Bougros Maison des Hâtes

75cl bottles, case of 6

The volume is turned up to 11 here, such character and drive with lots of concentration, boldly structured, with grip and immaculate length. Deep core of citrus, lime and mandarin, with oyster shell, The volume is turned up to 11 here, such character and drive with lots of concentration, boldly structured, with grip and immaculate length. Deep core of citrus, lime and mandarin, with oyster shell, and then super fine mineral drive. Mouthfilling with lovely tension, built to offer drinking pleasure long in to the 2020's. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 L&S (Jan 2018)

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