2018 Domaine Laroche Chablis Les Vaudevey 1er Cru
This wine is bright gold in colou, with an elegant nose of citrus aromas and mineral undertones. On the palate, this wine is delicate in style with fine, citrus and stone fruit flavors balanced by zesty freshness and a long, lingering mineral finish.
Vaudevey is a 35 hectare Premier Cru (Domaine Laroche owns 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 Premiers Crus.
The wine was whole-bunch pressed, giving a more delicate, fine juice. It was then settled for 12 hours, between 12-15°C, in specially designed wide stainless-steel tanks. The wine was fermented and aged in a mix of oak barrels and stainless-steel tanks before undergoing a light filtration to preserve the natural character of the wine.
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.
France, Burgundy, Chablis
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