Domaine Laroche

Burgundy, France

Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos – 2014

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Domaine Laroche owns 1.12 hectares (2.77 acres) of the 25.81 hectares (63.78 acres) of Les Clos grand cru vineyard. Les Clos is located straight in front of the village of Chablis at an elevation of 139 to 166 meters (456 to 545 feet) with a southern exposure. This favorable sunny exposure allows the grapes to achieve excellent ripeness.

    • Definition: This vineyard was once completely surrounded by a stone wall, hence the name “Les Clos,” meaning “enclosure” or “walled vineyard” in Burgundy. Monks from the influential Abbey of Saint Martin at Tours planted vines here in the ninth century.
    • 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 1969, 1987
    • Clones: Sélection massale
    • Soil: Les Clos’ well-draining soil means that water retention in the vineyard is quite low, causing the grapes to be concentrated in both aroma and acidity.
    • Density: 5,880 vines/hectare (2,380 vines/acre)
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  • Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos – 2014 – 91 points – Burghound.com

    “… cool, pure and restrained nose of white flowers, citrus, algae and mineral reduction nuances … excellent delineation to the mineral-driven and intense middle weight flavors … focused and notably dry finale … it is certainly quite pretty.”

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

    “Though creamy in texture, good cut keeps this white racy and focused, setting the stage for lemon, apple, white peach and mineral flavors that stretch out on the long finish. Deftly balanced.”

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

    “… flint, smoke and light spicy aromas developing in the glass. The palate is clean and fresh with a fine line of acidity, very fine depth and poise ... It just glides along and gently fans out, leaving the customer satisfied and demanding more ...”

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

    “Though creamy in texture, good cut keeps this white racy and focused, setting the stage for lemon, apple, white peach and mineral flavors that stretch out on the long finish. Deftly balanced.”

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