2015 Domaine Laroche "St Martin" Chablis

SKU #1297400 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chablis St Martin has what you might describe as a "dainty" nose at first, a little timid, but it soon finds it voice courtesy of its apple blossom and fresh pear aromas, perhaps with a hint of peppermint in the background. The palate is well balanced with a crisp line of acidity. I appreciate the tension of this Chablis: taut and linear, quite saline in the mouth and this serves to prolong the finish. This is a well-crafted and very delicious Chablis from Gregory Viennois and his team. This comes recommended. (NM)  (8/2016)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A ripe yet agreeably fresh nose features notes of pear, apple, white flowers and just enough typical Chablis character to be persuasive. There is both good richness and volume to the delicious, round and acceptably complex flavors that display a hint of bitter lemon on the dry if slightly warm finish. This is perfectly good but not distinguished as the balance isn't what it could be.  (8/2016)

Decanter

 For the first time, about 8% of older oak has been used. It has a subdued apricot nose, leading into a fresh, juicy and precise palate. It is very good for generic Chablis, with some welcome minerality. Well balanced and has typicity.Drinking Window 2017 - 2022.(SB)  (12/2016)

Vinous

 (Laroche chooses the components for this wine based on blind tastings, but Technical Director Grégory Viennois also ages a small percentage of this village offering, as well as his premier crus, in 55-hectoliter foudres 'for concentration and complexity'): Stone and spearmint aromas are more minerally than those of the slightly tart négociant village bottling. Juicy, minty and nicely delineated, offering good intensity to its citrus fruit flavors. Viennois finds this wine less strict but more complex than the 2014 version. (ST)  (7/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Lovely balance and expressive flavors of apple, peach and lemon highlight this juicy white. Leaves a mouthwatering impression on the stony finish. Drink now through 2018. (BS)  (11/2016)

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/12/2018 | Send Email
This little wine has a lot to offer! With the warmer vintage in 2015, village level Chablis has shown outstanding quality, and Domaine Laroche's "St. Martin" is one of my favorites of the vintage. This wine is fuller and more robust than your typical Chablis, and has all the structure to age for a few years. It has a character similar to one of the lesser Grand Crus, or a top-tier premier cru, such as Montee de Tonnerre, with poised acidity, full fruit and generous minerality. At this price, I'm tempted to "case up" as we say...

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Chablis

- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.