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This venerable estate has been a force in Chablis since its founding in 1850; today, they farm 90 Ha of prime vineyards. Their 1.12 Ha slice of Les Clos is densely planted, with massale selections of old vine chardonnay. Whole cluster pressed to old oak for fermentation; this marries serious fruit intensity with a strongly mineral streak and a long, finessed finish.
Reviews 93 points Wine Advocate "The 2019 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos opens in the glass with notes of citrus oil, blanched almonds, vanilla pod and beeswax, as well as riper fruit tones of peach and mirabelle plum. Full-bodied, layered and muscular, with a rich core of fruit and plenty of structuring extract, it will require patience. (WK)" 93 points Vinous "The 2019 Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru has a lovely yellow plum and jasmine nose, hints of saffron emerging with aeration. The palate is very well balanced, with dried peaches, green olive and a pinch of spice, maybe just missing a little persistence but very well defined. Excellent. (NM)"
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About Domaine Laroche
Their impressive vineyard holdings, consisting of 90 hectares spread throughout Chablis, house some of the most well-regarded Grand Cru vineyards. The domaine's philosophy prioritizes careful stewardship of the terroirs, ensuring each plot's unique characteristics shine through in the glass.
Their labor-intensive approach, involving a single person responsible for the care of an individual vineyard parcel, underpins the commitment to quality. Vineyard management practices include precise pruning and yield control, systematic debudding, leaf removal for maximum sun exposure, and soil plowing for optimal root development. Domaine Laroche has embraced organic agriculture, an approach adopted by only 6 percent of producers in Burgundy.
The quality of their Chardonnay also stems from meticulous harvest practices involving hand-sorting and low-pressure pneumatic wine pressing to preserve grape quality. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks or oak barrels, contingent on the classification of the wine. The wines are aged meticulously to achieve their full potential, and bottled under screwcap closures, maintaining the purity and minerality of the wines.
In the Vieille Voye vineyard, a unique 7-hectare plot beneath Premier Cru Les Vaillons, Domaine Laroche carefully nurtures 70-year-old vines growing on sun-drenched, Kimmeridgian limestone soil. The resultant wines are intensely ripe yet still retain Chablis' hallmark salty minerality. Their Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons, produced from old vines, delights the palate with bold stone fruit and oriental spice aromas, amplified by deeply rooted vines drawing from the limestone marls and Kimmeridgian soils. The Premier Cru Fourchaumes, arguably Domaine Laroche's most prestigious, is a blend of elegance and racy minerality, unveiling delicate notes of white blossom and orchard fruit and benefiting from its well-exposed South and West facing slope, shielded from harsh Northern winds.
Domaine Laroche's grand crus wines are celebrated for their exceptional complexity and longevity. Les Clos, once an entirely walled vineyard dating back to the 9th century, offers Southern exposure, well-drained soil and yields grapes with concentrated acidity and aroma. The wine is characterized by intense minerality, finesse, and extraordinary length.
Les Bouguerots, the westernmost Grand Cru, combines power and fruity charm. Its southwest-facing slope, coupled with a significant clay layer at the foot of the hill for water retention, promotes the balance of the grapes. Benefiting from vines offering excellent aromatic diversity, this Grand Cru blossoms with 5 to 8 years of aging, revealing its full potential. These unique offerings highlight the quality and diversity that Domaine Laroche's commitment to sustainable viticulture and careful terroir management can achieve.