Domaine Laroche

Burgundy, France

Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots – 2014

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Domaine Laroche owns 4.57 hectares (11.29 acres) of the total 11.65 hectares (28.79 acres) of Les Blanchots grand cru in Chablis. With eastern and southern exposures on a steep slope ranging in elevation from 155 to 215 meters (509 to 705 feet), these old Blanchots vines ripen with a matchless minerality and aromatic richness due to the Kimmeridgian soil and the vineyard’s eastern orientation, which protects the fruit from the late afternoon sun.

    • Viticulture: One man, one plot: There are more than 30 people who are dedicated to caring for the 90-plus hectares (222.39 acres) of Domaine Laroche vineyards, with each person responsible for only one plot. This tailor-made approach allows them to manage the vineyards with precision, speed and accuracy. Everyone at Domaine Laroche practices “lutte raisonnée,” or “reasoned protection,” (using chemical intervention only when required): The vineyard is plowed to aerate the soil and encourage development of the root system, as well as the organic life in the soil. Vines are pruned and trained by hand, with a strict pruning and debudding regimen. Leaf plucking occurs to aerate the canopy and avoid the development of botrytis, while trellising aerates the grapes and provides them with favorable exposure.
    • Vine Age: Planted 1950, 1965, 1968, 1986, 1991, 2009
    • Clones: Sélection massale
    • Soil: Blanchots has a unique soil composition, combining typical Chablis Kimmeridgian limestone with a layer of white clay. Blanchots takes its name from this white clay which retains moisture and protects the vines from hydric stress.
    • Density: 5,880 vines/hectare (2,380 vines/acre)
  • Vinification

    • More information coming soon.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Production Case Pack: 6/750ml

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Reviews

  • Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots – 2014 – 92 points – Burghound.com

    “A cool, pure and ultra-elegant nose features … aromas of wet stone, oyster shell and tidal pool. … a really lovely sense of underlying tension while delivering fine length on the balanced and ever-so-mildly austere finale... ”

  • Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots – 2014 – 93 points – Wine Spectator

    “A linear, tightly wound style, boasting lemon, green apple, chalk and light herbal notes. Firm and stony on the lingering finish, showing fine balance overall. Delivers great cut and purity.”

  • Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots – 2014 – 93 points – The Wine Advocate

    “… bouquet with crushed rock, gypsum, green apple and light sea spray scents that are all beautifully poised … The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, detailed and poised with a very well-judged line of acidity. … an excellent Blanchots.”

  • Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots – 2014 – 93 points – Wine Spectator Insider

    “A linear, tightly wound style, boasting lemon, green apple, chalk and light herbal notes. Firm and stony on the lingering finish, showing fine balance overall. Delivers great cut and purity.”

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