Domaine Laroche Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaudevey 2016 (1x75cl)
Domaine Laroche epitomises Chablis, with impeccable quality and a remarkable 100 hectares of vineyards, including 30 hectares of Premier Cru and six hectares of Grand Cru sites. 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.
Vaudevey is a 35 hectare Premier Cru (Domaine Laroche own 9.96 hectares) which sits to the west of the town of Chablis. The steep slopes rest on classic Kimmeridgean soil; sun exposure on the east/south facing vines occurs in the morning and early afternoon, which gives good ripeness and an elegance not always found in the more powerful of the Premier Crus.
A mild winter was followed by a cold and rainy spring with spring frost and hailstones on some parts of the appellation. August was warm and dry which favoured late ripening and accelerated the maturation process. There were ideal weather conditions in September with mild showers and sunshine, enabling the grapes to mature fully. The harvest started on 26th September and was completed on 4th October. The 2016 vintage has produced wines that are fresh, lively and well balanced. Quantity was low but quality was high.
The wine was whole-bunch pressed, giving a more delicate, fine juice. This was then settled for 12 hours at between 12-15°C, in specially designed wide stainless steel tanks which accelerate natural settling, before being fermented for two weeks at 17°C (15% was fermented and aged in oak barrels, 85% in stainless steel). The wine aged for nine months before a light filtration to preserve the natural character of the wine.
Bright gold in colour with an elegant nose which abounds with citrus aromas and mineral overtones. Racy in style with fine white fruit flavours balanced by zesty freshness. A long, lingering mineral finish.
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