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.
Vinification: The grapes were pressed immediately; the must was settled for 12 hours before fermentation. 65% was vinified in stainless steel, and 35% was vinified in third and fourth-use French oak. The wine spent 9 months on its lees, with regular batonnage, or stirring, to develop the rich complexity. It was bottled with minimal filtration and remained in bottle for 18 months until release.
Vinyard Viniculture: The 26-hectare Les Clos vineyard is regarded as the finest of Grand Crus from Chablis. Its steep slope faces due South, receiving the maximum sun exposure, giving rich, ripe, powerful wines that can age for over 20 years. Domaine Laroche own 1 hectare of Les Clos. The 2007 was harvested in the third week of September.
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2007 was a classic Chablis vintage. It started with mixed weather during the growing season, with a warm spring but hail in July and relatively low summer temperatures. A sunny end of August, however, meant healthy, ripe grapes were harvested. _x000D_
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About the Producer
Winemaker: Denis de la Bourdonnaye
Producer : Domaine Laroche
Domaine Laroche epitomises Chablis. The quality of their wines is impeccable, with all wines carrying the Chablis hallmark of crystalline purity and steely minerality. Laroche were the first Burgundian producer to move to screwcaps in 2002 and now all their wines, from Petit Chablis through to Grand Cru, are now closed under stelvin._x000D_
The domaine has been built up over the past 160 years, but a dynamism that is unusual in such a venerable producer permeates everything Laroche does. Michel Laroche, the driving force since he took over the domaine in 1967, has recently merged the company with another family owned producer, Jeanjean, yet he remains actively involved in the company, along with his wife Gwénaël._x000D_
The approach to production is meticulous under the stewardship of vineyard manager Yannick Cadiou and newly appointed winemaker Grégory Viennois and many of their vineyards are being converted to organic viticulture. Grégory refers to Chardonnay's `two-day window`: once the parcels of grapes have ripened and the right balance between sugar, flavour and acidity has been achieved, he allows only two days in which to harvest. After this, the acidity falls and the freshness and minerality that makes Chablis so special is lost._x000D_
Domaine Laroche's ownership of vineyards is remarkable, and sets them apart from their main competitors. Chablis is a fragmented region, but Domaine Laroche owns 100 hectares of vines, including an impressive 30 hectares of Premier Crus and six hectares of Grand Crus. In addition to their own vineyards, the domaine has developed long-standing purchasing partnerships with 40 small growers. The 'Laroche Petit Chablis' and 'Laroche Chablis' are made from these partnerships, while the 'Domaine Laroche' wines are made from their own vineyard holdings.
Vivid yellow in colour. Generous stone fruit aromas and honey complexity on the nose. A powerful, taut palate that balances mouthwatering acidity with round, juicy fruit depth. This combination will ensure it ages for 15 to 20 years.