Chablis Grand Cru `Les Blanchots`

Chablis

Domaine Laroche

Domaine Laroche epitomises Chablis, with impeccable quality and a remarkable 100 hectares of...

vineyards, including 30 hectares of Premier Cru and six hectares of Grand Cru sites. 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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Vineyards

Les Blanchots is one of seven Chablis Grand Crus; it comprises 12 hectares (of which Domaine Laroche own 4.56) and is known for its fragrant aromas and elegance. The exceptionally steep, south-southeast facing slope has excellent exposure to the sun; the poor Kimmeridgean soils give ageing potential of at least 10-20 years.

Vintage Information

The appellation, usually a slow-ripening one, benefited from an extraordinary end to the summer of 2012. Sunny and dry conditions, light winds and cold nights all contributed to perfect ripening of the Chardonnay grapes. The grapes were in excellent health at harvest time, despite a lower yield than 2011 due to coulure and millerandage.

Vinification

Whole bunches were harvested by hand into small crates. The must was left to settle for 12 hours at 12 to 15°C in large vats. 60% of the must fermented for three weeks in stainless steel vats, where the temperature gradually increased from 16°C to 19°C. The remainder was fermented in French oak barrels, of which 15% were new. The wine then spent 14 months ageing in the same vessels before blending and bottling.

Tasting Notes

A real elegance is seen in Grand Cru, with typical spring blossom aromas and a delicate mineral finish. On the palate, it offers a silky mouthfeel supported by a lively, racy acidity.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Chablis, Burgundy
Winemaker Denis de la Bourdonnaye
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 6.27g/l
Residual Sugar 1.4g/l