Domaine Laroche

Burgundy, France

Bourgogne Chardonnay — 2018

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  • Introduction

    • Starting with the 2018 vintage of Bourgogne Blanc, Laroche focused on sourcing more fruit from Chablis. The majority of the fruit is now coming from the Chablis area in order to increase the mineral aromas that have made Laroche and Chablis famous. The balance of the fruit is coming from vineyards in the Macon area with shared characteristics of Chablis, predominately the cooler part of Uchizy and Viré-Clessé with soils made exclusively of limestone.

      Laroche ensures that only top-quality Chardonnay from trusted growers will carry the Laroche label.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Grape Source: 100% Chardonnay
    • Viticulture: Various viticultural practices, with oversight from the Laroche team throughout the year
    • Vine Age: 25 to 30 years
    • Density: 6,600 vines per hectare (2,670 vines per acre)
  • Vintage Report

    • This warm year brought concentrated fruit which was harvested at the optimal time helping produce  wines of great mineral intensity. One of the best vintages in the last few decades according to local producers and considered a vintage that will age well over the next few years.

    • Harvest Date(s): Early September
    • Yields: 50 hectoliters per hectare (3.70 tons per acre)
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: 3 weeks at 16°C - 20°C (60°F–68°F) in stainless-steel tanks
    • Malolactic: 95%
    • Filtration: Minimum filtration to preserve the maximum natural character of the wine, then bottling under low pressure on a bottling line designed to protect the wine’s quality
  • Technical Information

    • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Bright yellow. Elegant fruity notes. Lively and balanced, characteristic of the white burgundian wines.

    • Serving Suggestions: Fruity, crisp and precise. Lively and mineral. Fresh finish. Enjoy as an apéritif or with prawns, watercress salad, Japanese food or oysters.