The nose is fresh and youthful with complex mineral notes. The palate is lively with harmonious flavours of white fruit and spring blossom and a long, elegant finish.
Laroche have long-standing purchasing partnerships with 40 small growers across the region, from which the fruit for this wine is sourced. The approach to production is meticulous under the stewardship of the vineyard manager Giles Magnin and winemaker Grégory Viennois, who oversee production for the Laroche group. They are driven by a philosophy dedicated to caring for the land and the vines to encourage the purest expression of Chablis, practising sustainable viticulture with no artificial pesticides or herbicides. The Chardonnay grapes are harvested according to the ripeness of each plot; once each parcel has ripened, harvest is carried out over two days to ensure the correct levels of ripeness are maintained.
Whole bunches were collected and immediately pressed, before being placed into wide tanks for 12 hours at 12 - 15°C, specially designed to accelerate the natural settling process and produce very clear juice. The must was then fermented in stainless steel tanks for two weeks at 16°C to retain freshness and purity. All of the wine went through malolactic fermentation and spent nearly six months on fine lees to give extra complexity and a smoother mouthfeel. Filtration was light to retain the natural body and fruit character.
Domaine Laroche is deeply rooted in the history of Chablis, based in the ‘Obédiencerie’, a former monastery in Chablis itself, where wine has been made for over 1,000 years. The quality of the wines is consistently impeccable, with the Chablis hallmark of crystalline purity and racy acidity. Their ownership of vineyards is remarkable and sets them apart from their main competitors. Chablis is a fragmented region, yet Domaine Laroche owns 90 hectares of vines, including 21 hectares of Premier Cru and six hectares of Grand Cru vineyards. In addition to their own vineyards, the domaine has developed long-standing purchasing partnerships with 40 small growers; the Laroche Chablis is made from these partnerships, while the Domaine Laroche wines are made from their own vineyards. 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.