About Me

Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Domaine Laroche Chablis 2008

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay

Growing Region: Chablis, France

Chief Winemaker: Denis de la Bourdonnaye

A classic style of Chablis.

The 2008 vintage was marked by an early budburst followed by a cool growing season, but regular sun during the key stages in the development of flavours. These fresh climatic conditions have allowed a slow and regular maturation with an excellent aromatic combination.
The harvested fruit was whole bunch pressed in a pneumatic press, then settled for 12 hours at 12 - 15C. Then carefully selected yeast was used and fermentation took some 15 days at 16C in stainless steel tanks, with 100% malolactic fermentation. The fermented wine was then left to mature for 4 to 6 months on lees in stainless steel tank. Before bottling the wine had minimal filtration to preserve the maximum natural character of the wine, then bottling under low pressure on a bottling line designed to protect quality.
In the glass is a brilliant yellow colour. The nose is crisp, fresh and with subtle underling mineral notes. The palate is refreshing, smooth and harmonious with vibrant notes of apple and pear and a bright and refreshing lingering finish. The wines are expressive, refined and fruity on the nose, with a beautiful acidity, combining strength roundness and harmony. The 2008 vintage is very enjoyable. Serve at 8-10C.

Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and well into 2011.

Perfect wine match with oysters, shell-fish, grilled herb fish, salads and fresh, young cheese, enjoy.


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