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Domaine Laroche

Chablis, Burgundy
www.larochewines.com

Background

Domaine Laroche epitomises Chablis. The quality of their wines is consistently impeccable, with all of their wines carrying the Chablis hallmark of crystalline purity and racy acidity. Their ownership of vineyards is remarkable and sets them apart from their main competitors. Chablis is a fragmented region, yet Domaine Laroche owns 90 hecatres of vines, including 21 hecatres of Premier Cru and six hectares of Grand Cru.

In addition to their own vineyards, the domaine has developed long-standing purchasing partnerships with 40 small growers. The 'Laroche Petit Chablis' and 'Laroche Chablis' are made from these partnerships, while the 'Domaine Laroche' wines are made from their own vineyards. The domaine has been built up over the past 160 years, but a dynamism that is unusual in such a venerable producer permeates everything Laroche does. In 2009, Michel Laroche, the driving force since he took over the domaine in 1967, merged the company with another family owned producer, Jeanjean, yet he remains actively involved in the company, along with his wife Gwénaël who is still their number one ambassador. The approach to production is meticulous under the stewardship of vineyard manager Giles Magnin and winemaker Grégory Viennois, who oversees production for the Laroche group. Many of their vineyards are being converted to organic viticulture, with the aim to achieve certification in 2017. We are pleased to have several vintages throughout the range so you can experience the ageing potential of Laroche Chablis as well as taste their new Chablis Vielle Voye, which is uniquely made from a single vineyard owned by Laroche that has been historically recognised as being particularly fine in quality.

Inspiration

My inspirational wine

I'm particulary impressed by the precision and rigour of Meursault from Jean Marc Roulot - Les Tessons 2002. As for Chablis, I had the chance to taste " Les Clos" 1997 vinified by Michel Laroche, a beautiful bottle. An impressive minerality, complexity and freshness. An amazing concentration on the palate. A great memory. Grégory Viennois

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