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Domaine Laroche Chablis `Vieille Voye`

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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Vieille Voye is a 7 hectare site, located beneath Premier Cru Les Lys in Vaillons. The current vines were planted in 1902. It is named La Vieille Voye, meaning ancient way, as a roman way once crossed the site. The remarkable potential of this vineyard led Domaine Laroche to vinify it as a single vineyard wine in 2014. It is of great historical interest for two reasons: firstly because it was recognized in the early days of the Chablis vineyards as a site of a great quality. The Abbots of Pontigny, who established the oringal Chablis vineyards, cultivated this plot in the 15th century. Secondly, because Vieille Voye is one of Domaine Laroche's original vineyards. Thanks to its remarkable histrory and exposure, Domaine Laroche's winemaker Gregory Viennois wanted to capture the exceptional characteristics of this vineyard in a single vineyard wine.

Vintage information

In 2014 conditions were warm and dry at flowering, leading the Laroche to team to expect an early vintage. In fact, it was not an early vintage, as ripening then slowed. Health conditions of the grapes were perfect, so it was possible to wait for full ripeness. Deleafing was done early in July, as disappointing weather was expected throughout the summer. It was a good decision as an anticyclone hit on August 26th. The fruit was hand harvested on 20th September.


The grapes were hand harvested on 20th September 2014. The fruit was then sorted on a vibrating table upon arrival in the winery to remove leaves. The wine was then fermented in a single old oak cask and aged on fine lees.

Tasting Notes

This wine combines elegant acidity and delicate, silky fruit with orchard fruit aromas and a lingering salty finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Chablis, Burgundy