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Domaine Laroche Chablis Grand Cru `Les Blanchots`

Chablis, Burgundy

Domaine Laroche

Domaine Laroche epitomises Chablis, with impeccable quality and a remarkable 100 hectares of vineyards, including 30 hectares of Premier and six hectares of Grand Crus...

Founded in 1850, there is still a dynamism which permeates everything they do. Michel Laroche merged with another family-owned producer, Jeanjean, in 2009 and he remains involved in the business, along with his wife Gwénaël. As part of their aim to retain purity and minerality in the finished wine, Laroche was the first Burgundian producer to move to screwcaps in 2002.

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Les Blanchots is one of 7 Chablis Grand Crus and takes its name from the white clay found on this exceptionally steep slope. It comprises 12 hectares, of which Domaine Laroche own 4.5 hectares. The steep, south-southeast facing slope has excellent exposure to the sun and old vines bring the fruit to full ripeness without compromising minerality or aromatic finesse. Green and blue clays cover Kimmeridgian limestone which regulate the amount of water to the vines' roots. The poor Kimmeridgean soils produce wines with an ageing potential of around 10-20 years. Domaine Laroche practises an organic approach to viticulture which has a positive impact on the quality of the grapes. All vines are ploughed to aerate the soil and encourage the development of natural life. Vines are pruned and trained by hand.

Vintage information

After a cold, dry winter, spring 2011 was unusually warm which encouraged plant growth and aided fruit set. Perfect ripeness was achieved without any excess weight or overripe aromas.


Whole bunches are hand harvested into small crates. The grapes were pressed immediately and the must settled for 12 hours. 40% was fermented and aged in French oak barrels, of which 15% are new. The remaining 60% is fermented for 3 weeks in stainless steel. The wine rested for 14 months on its lees before minimal filtration to preserve the natural fruit character in the wine.

Tasting Notes

This grand cru is beautifully elegant, with typical spring blossom aromas and a delicate mineral finish. The palate is silky with lively, racy acidity.

Vintage information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Chablis, Burgundy