2015 Domaine Laroche Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots
Domaine Laroche owns 3.74 hectares (9.24 acres) — almost one-third — of the grand cru Les Blanchots. 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.
Here is a very curious vintage note, supplied by the importer.
If 2015 was an early vintage, we cannot speak about a solar vintage, as was 2006, as it possesses a serious acid vertebral column. The tasting of juices straightaway showed a lot of balance and the delicacy, an impression confirmed after the fermentation where we found precise mouths, without heaviness, and aromatic white flowers. Wines show a beautiful acidity and a concentration which remind those of 2005.
Les Clos is often considered the finest of all the grands crus, but at Laroche Blanchots is often its equal. The firm owns 4.6ha of this site, with its limestone and white clay soils. The nose is rich and smoky, not very expressive now but there's underlying power. It's rich, broad, and fleshy, with concentration and spice. It shows tension on the mid-palate, which is citric and tangy, with white peach flavours too, and a saline mineral finish that's elegant and long.
92 Wine & Spirits
This wine handles its ripeness with grace, touching on apple-like sweetness, rich notes of caramel and smoky scents of lees. It’s as generous as you would expect a grand cru Chablis to be, and its clean flavors have staying power. Built to cellar, this is a wine to serve at ten years of age with lobster and drawn butter.
91 Wine Spectator
A strong minerally element runs through this rich white. Honey, pastry and baking spice notes surround the peach and melon flavors. Offers a fine, juicy finish. Drink now through 2021. 63 cases imported.
91 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru les Blanchots has an impressive, quite vivacious and flattering bouquet of ripe clementines and quince, a hint of blackcurrant leaf and an undertow of mineralité. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, waxy in texture with almond and white peach toward the finish that does not quite deliver the precision of the Bouguerots. Give this two or three years in bottle.
France, Burgundy, Chablis
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