Domaine Laroche

Bourgogne, France

Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots – 2007

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  • Introduction

    • Blanchots has a unique soil composition, combining typical Chablis Kimmeridgian limestone with a layer of white clay. Blanchots takes its name from this white clay which retains moisture and protects the vines from hydric stress. The Chardonnay grapes are notably well balanced, producing wines of remarkable elegance.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Domaine Laroche owns 4.56 hectares (11.27 acres) of the total 11.65 hectares (28.79 acres) of Les Blanchots grand cru in Chablis. With eastern and southern exposures on an exceptionally 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.

    • 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 in 1950, 1965, 1968, 1986, 1991, 2009
  • Vintage Report

    • While we expected an early vintage due to a very warm spring, we got a moderate summer and harvest took place in mid-September. Grapes were fully ripe and weather conditions very satisfactory. 2007 is therefore one of the most refined and aromatic vintages of the last decade.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 15–30
  • Vinification

    • Maturation: 14 months on lees in 20% French oak (25% is new oak) and 80% in stainless steel tank.

    • Fermentation: 3 weeks at 20’C (68”F) on selected yeasts in stainless -steel tanks.
    • Filtration: Minimal filtration is used to preserve and maximize the natural character of the wine.
  • Technical Information

    • Alcohol: 13%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Refined style with good balance of delicate white fruit flavor and fine acidity. Good depth and long finish. Blanchots offers far much after 5 years in bottle and needs 10 to 12 years in bottle to develop fully.