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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.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Domaine Laroche Chablis 2011

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
 
Growing Region: Chablis, France
 
Owner: Michel Laroche
 
TASTING NOTE:
Over the coming summer months, where you find yourself enjoying shellfish, seafood cuisine or a summer salad - I encourage you to open a Chablis and have your taste buds refreshed by the clean, crisp characters of this elegant wine.
The grapes are sourced from up to 40 local grape growers who have a long term relationship with Domaine Laroche. They work closely the whole year with the Laroche technical team. According to a tradition in Chablis, the grapes are crushed and pressed on the property of origin. The whole bunches were pressed for 12 hours settling at 12 to 15°C in specially designed wide tanks that accelerate the natural settling process and produce very clear juice. Then 15 days of fermentation at 16°C in stainless steel tanks, with 6 months on fine lees - and then finally minimal filtration to preserve the natural characters of the wine. 
In the glass you have a pale gold colour. The nose is youthful and bright with citrus and mineral nuances. On the palate this wine is vibrant with a harmonious palate full of flavours of apple, pear and a hint of spring blossom. A bright fresh Chablis, tinged with mineral notes, restrained, lean and elegant, the acidity is refreshing, with a smooth, round palate and lingering flavours of white honey, crisp apple and citrus notes on the finish. Chill and serve at 8-10°C.
 
CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer; and will age well for another 3-5 years.
 
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with oysters, Asian seafood and vegetarian cuisine, enjoy.
 
A bright and lively summer wine.

     
 

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