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Laroche Chablis 2016 (1x 75cl)
Domaine Laroche epitomises Chablis, with impeccable quality and remarkable ownership of 100 hectares of vineyards, including 30 hectares of Premier Cru and 6 hectares of Grand Cru sites. Founded in 1850, there is still a dynamism which permeates everything they do. Michel Laroche, the driving force since he took over the domaine in 1967 has now retired, but his legacy is very much alive with a young team full of energy and ideas. As part of their aim to retain purity and minerality in the finished wine, Laroche were the first Burgundian producer to move to screwcap in 2002. In addition to their own vineyards, the domaine has developed long standing purchasing partnerships with 40 small growers. The range is divided into 'Laroche', for the wines made from these partnerships and 'Domaine Laroche', for those from their own holdings. The Laroche Petit Chablis and Chablis represent excellent value and are made in exactly the same way as the Domaine wines, with utmost care to maintain the lively, pure and minerally character that typifies good AC Chablis.
The vines are cared for in the same way as the domaine's own, maintaining the lively, mineral fruit character typical of good Chablis. 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.
In 2016 a mild winter was followed by a cold and rainy spring with spring frost and hailstorms affecting parts of the appellation. August was warm and dry which favoured the ripening and accelerated the maturation process. Ideal September weather conditions with mild showers and nice sunshine ensured the full maturation of the grapes. The vintage resulted in wines that are fresh, lively and well balanced.
The grapes were pressed immediately on arrival at the winery. The must was 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 lees to give extra complexity and a smoother mouthfeel. Filtration was light to retain the natural body and fruit character.
The nose is fresh and youthful with complex mineral notes. The lifted, harmonious palate shows flavours of white fruit and spring blossom before a long finish.
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