Michelin Star Chablis: Domaine Laroche ‘Saint Martin’ 2019: spectacular award winning wine: a snip at £249 per case of 12 bottles delivered: vintage sold out


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We apologise, but this vintage has now sold out; it has been replaced by the 2021 vintage; please see separate entry in the Club Cellar.

This award-winning 2019 Chablis Domaine Laroche ‘Saint Martin’ is a Premier Cru in all but name. It epitomises Chablis—and it is receiving even more accolades than the 2018, which was itself considered the best Chablis vintage for 20 years. This gorgeous wine is served by Alain Ducasse at his two-Michelin-Star restaurant at The Dorchester at £65 a bottle. For our Members it is just over £20 a bottle including delivery to your door. It is a gorgeous, silky Chablis, which will beautifully enhance all your shellfish and creamy fish and poultry dishes, and be a sensational aperitif to drink alone.

Laroche winemaker Grégory Viennois is a vigneron of flair and precision. He refers to Chardonnay’s ‘two-day window’ of maturity—if they don’t pick the grapes in this time, the precious Chablis aromas might leave the skin of the grapes. Viennois is excited by the remarkable potential of ‘Saint Martin’, its flagship wine, dedicated to Saint Martin, an officer in the Roman army who converted to Christianity. When he died in 397 his relics were kept in Tours, where an abbey was founded and dedicated to him.

The niche where the relics were kept is still exposed, in the remains of a tower, in the middle of ageing wines. The resulting wine is arguably as good as many Left Bank Premiers Crus. ‘Saint Martin’ is a special wine of impeccable quality from very old vines, with the emphasis on purity and minerality.

The wine is a brilliant pale yellow, the nose opening on notes of white flowers and fresh apple. Fermentation takes place partially in 30-year-old oak, bringing subtle and complex notes of fresh undergrowth and cedar, minerality on the palate with a long and saline finish. The wine is drinking beautifully now and will continue to do so until 2025—so this is a good time to snap it up, particularly at the Club wholesale price. Enjoy alone as an aperitif or with seafood—it is perfect with a buttery Dover sole, for example, or any seafood with a butter or cream sauce, with scallops, lobster, prawns and crab.

100% Chardonnay. Case of 12 bottles. Free delivery (UK mainland).

Code M19LW15. RRP £330. CCUK £249.

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