Domaine Laroche

Burgundy, France

Chablis Premier Cru Les Fourchaumes Vieilles Vignes — 2019

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  • Vineyard Profile

      • Chablis—Fourchaumes 1er Cru is 3.12 hectares (7.71 acres) of 129.49 hectares (319.98 acres) in total
      • 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: 70 years
      • Soil: Old vines planted on a slope well-exposed to south and west, sheltered from northern wind, Fourchaumes is one of the most spectacular vineyards of Domaine Laroche.
      • Density: 5,880 vines per hectare (2,380 vines per acre); massal selection from Laroche old vines for the new plantings
    • Appellation: Chablis
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2019 vintage bore all the extremes: April and May with night frosts followed by three heatwaves at the end of June, end of July and end of August. The vineyard suffered from almost no disease therefore very few treatments were applied. The harvest started gently on September 10. The grapes were perfectly healthy. The first juices were very well balanced which forecasts a vintage similar to 2017.

  • Vinification

      • PRESSING: The grapes are harvested and sorted by hand. Whole bunches are pressed in a pneumatic press, and then the must settles for 12 hours at 10° C to 12° C (50° F to 54° F) in large vats.
      • Fermentation: The must ferments for 3 weeks, a part in stainless steel vats and the other rest in French oak barrels.
      • Aging: 8 months aging in the same vessel types. The wine will then be blended and aged further on fine lees for about 9 months.
      • Filtration: Minimal filtration is used to preserve and maximize the natural character of the wine.
  • Technical Information

      • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
      • Alcohol: 12.5%
    • Varietal Composition: Chardonnay
  • Tasting Notes

      • A racy, elegant wine with intense minerality; a beautiful structure with delicate notes of white blossom and orchard fruit.