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.
This is a Les Blanchots Grand Cru. Domaine Laroche owns 4.56 hectares of Les Blanchots, about one third of the 12 ha total. Blanchots takes its name from the white clay found on this exceptionally steep slope. There is also green and blue clay covering Kimmeridgian limstone, a perfect combination for regulating water to the vines' roots. The steep, south-southeast facing slope has excellent exposure to the sun and old vines allow the fruit to obtain full ripeness whilst retaining aromatic finesse and minerality. From year to year, Les Blanchots wines exhibit wonderful finesse and aromatic complexity.
The end of summer in 2012 was unusual for Chablis. Blue skies, dry, sunny conditions and cool nights all contributed to the complete and perfect ripening of the Chardonnay grapes. The grapes were harvested in perfect health although yields were down due to coloure and millerandage earlier in the season.
Grapes are sourced from 8 different plots and whole bunches are harvested by hand into small crates. The grapes from each plot are vinified separately. The must is left to settle for 12 hours in large vats, following which 60% of the must is fermented in stainless steel. The remainder is fermented in French oak barrels, of which 15% are new. After 7-8 months ageing, the final blend is asembled and it may contain up to 70 different components from casks, tank and old wooden vats.
Blanchots has a typical floral character on both the nose and palate, underpinned by intense minerality. The wine offers remarkable aromatic complexity and a long, crisp finish.
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