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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.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Domaine Laroche 'St Martin' Chablis 2009

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay

Growing Region: Chablis, France

Owner: Michel Laroche

Domaine Laroche is proud to honour the patron Saint Martin of Chablis. From 877 to 887AD, the remains of Saint Martin rest in the crypt of l'Obediencerie (head office of Domain Laroche), which is situated a stone's throw from the church of Chablis.
The 2009 Chablis Saint Martin is a cuvee made from various vineyards in Chablis owned by the Domaine, with the grapes being organically grown. Nothing but care and attention goes into making every Laroche wines. Whole bunches were gently pressed, the juice was then underwent 12 hours settling at 12 - 15C in specially designed wide tanks which accelerate the natural settling process, hence reducing the need for sulphur dioxide. Fermentation took 14 days at 17C in stainless steel tanks. 95% of the fermented juice underwent malolactic fermentation, then ageing for 8 months again in stainless steel. Then the wine was bottled with minimum 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 this elegant Chablis St Martin has a beautiful, transparent colour of golden green. To the nose, is vibrant and fresh with crisp green summer fruits. To the palate is bright, with classical mineral notes and hints of hazelnut and flint notes, giving the wine a long and intense mouth feel and a supple finish. Chill and serve at 8C.

Drinking perfectly well this season; and over the coming 3-4 years.

Perfect wine match with oysters, scallops, stuffed crab, grilled fish risotto enjoy.

Classic Chablis with an elegant touch of style.


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