New vintage Chablis has arrived: Domaine Laroche ‘Saint Martin’ 2021: Case of 12 bottles delivered


Chablis Domaine Laroche ‘Saint Martin’ is a Premier Cru in all but name. This is a well-crafted and very delicious Chablis—gorgeous, silky, fresh Chablis in typical Laroche style, which will beautifully enhance all your shellfish and creamy fish and poultry dishes, and be a sensational apéritif 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 cuvee, 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 critics were impressed, noting remarkable finesse and elegance leaving plenty of room for rich, expressive aromatic and complex flavours of lemon, grapefruit and pear. It has great length and structure. The palate is well balanced, with a crisp line of acidity. This is a wine which is not lacking in the minerality and freshness of its terroir, rounded off with a long, saline note which serves to prolong the finish.

The wine is early in its drinking window and will continue to age beautifully until 2027 or beyond—so now is a good time to snap it up, particularly at the Club shippers’ 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 or crab.

100% Chardonnay. Case of 12 bottles. Free delivery (UK mainland). RRP £330. CCUK £249. Free UK mainland delivery.

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