Importers and customers from around the globe arrived in Chablis last Thursday for Domaine Laroche’s annual Harvest Celebration. Upon arrival at the top of the Premier Cru Vaudevey vineyard, a wonderful alfresco lunch was served with the delicious 2012 Chablis Saint Martin and 2012 Punto Niño Pinot Noir from their Chilean estate. After feasting on a fantastic spread of regional specialities to the sound of four French horns playing Burgundian melodies, the group soon got to work in the vineyards and started to pick the Chardonnay grapes. These would later be pressed by the 13th century wooden press (pictured) which sits in the Obédiencerie, a listed ninth century monastery in the heart of Chablis that now houses the main offices of Domaine Laroche. The ancient press is one of two that still exist in Burgundy (the other is at Clos Vougeot) and the only one that is still used ceremoniously once a year, at the harvest celebration. Pre-dinner drinks included a fantastic comparison of the 2010 and 2005 Grand Cru ‘Les Clos’. The 2010 was a classic yet ripe style of Chablis, while the 2005 was outstanding: complex and intense with an incredibly long finish. Langoustines, oysters and melt-in-the-mouth pork were served for dinner, paired perfectly with the 2007 Premier Cru ‘Les Vaillons’ Vieilles Vignes, 2007 Premier Cru ‘Les Vaudevey’ and 2007 Grand Cru ‘Les Blanchots’ sparking many a debate about ‘your favourite Cru’.