Domaine Laroche

Bourgogne, France

Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots – 2021

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  • Introduction

    • The favorite Grand Cru of Domaine Laroche offers much finesse and charm.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Domaine Laroche owns 4.56 hectares of this Grand Cru (11.65 ha in total), about one-third of the total surface of this growth. Les Blanchots is a unique terroir made of a layer of white clay on Kimmeridgian limestone with ammonites. Blanchots take its name from the white clays that are very present on this exceptionally steep hillside. A delight for paleontology enthusiasts and for the vines, an ideal combination that retains water in depth to feed the roots. The South-East exposure and the presence of clay allow for slow maturation, without degradation of the aromas.

    • 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.
    • Vine Age: 40 years on average
    • Density: 5,880 vines per hectare (14,523 vines per acre); 10,000 vines per hectare (24,700 vines per acre) for younger vines; massal selection from Laroche old vines for the new plantings.
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2021 vintage could almost be described as late as we have been used to earlier and earlier harvests in recent years. The manual harvest started on September 21st in the parcels of Vieille Voye / Vaillons / Butteaux and Blanchots. Following episodes of rain, the sanitary pressure was present but controlled by our technical teams. In the end, the juices presented promising balanced profiles which were confirmed during the maturation. The tastings conducted in the cellars showed the finesse and the good acidity present in the wines.

  • Vinification

    • The whole bunches are placed in a pneumatic press, and the must is left for 12 hours at a temperature of 12-15°C in large specially
      designed tanks which accelerate natural sedimentation. The must ferments at 20°C for 3 weeks. The wine is aged for approximately 15 months, with 9 months in the historic cellars of the Obédiencerie. 100% in 228L, 400L, and 600L barrels of 1 to 7 years old. Bottling in January 2023.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • “A more open perfume with lots of supporting density. A generous wine but still never a heavy wine – growing in small energetic
      complexities. The finish with a little extra sweetness a wine that fades in the memory only very slowly – another superb wine.” -Bill Nanson



  • Les Blanchots Chablis Grand Cru — 2021 – Wine Spectator – 91 Points

    "This has flesh surrounding the yellow plum, apple and lemon flavors, along with accents of stone and salinity. Ends on a more linear, crisp profile than it begins. Compelling."