Wine Advocate 87 points - Issuing as usual from the estate’s holdings in Beine and Prehy, and in bottle for less than three weeks when I tasted it, the Laroche 2012 Chablis Saint Martin features fresh lime and grapefruit in a rather spare and hard-edged but refreshingly and juicily persistent performance. The sense of things mineral here is for now simply stony. But this may need to rebound from recent bottling. In any event, it will serve well through at least 2014. (Aug 2013)
The Domaine Laroche name is synonymous with Chablis. Since 1850, when Victor Laroche first purchased land in Chablis, five generations of the Laroche family have consistently produced superior Chablis. Victor’s great, great grandson Michel Laroche, joined the business in 1967 and has established his family’s reputation as one of the top producers in Chablis. Purity and quality are at heart of Michel’s winemaking philosophy and as the owner of some of the largest holdings of grand cru vineyards, he is able to produce beautiful wines of finesse and elegance. The vineyards are planted on limestone-rich Kimmeridgian soil (a blend of clay, chalk and fossilized oyster shells) which produce wines that exhibit the precise, crisp minerality that is the signature of all great Chablis. Gregory Viennois is Laroche’s technical director and oversees the management of all the family’s holdings. His minimalist philosophy emphasizes low yields and encourages the natural ecology of the vines to produce fruit that is true to its terroir.