Domaine Laroche

Bourgogne, France

Chablis Premier Cru Les Fourchaumes Vieilles Vignes — 2021

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  • Introduction

    • The most prestigious Premier Cru. A racy, elegant wine with beautiful minerality, offering delicate notes of white blossom and orchard fruit.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Domaine Laroche owns 2.44 ha of this large Premier Cru (103 ha).70 years old vines planted on a slope well-exposed to South and West, sheltered from Northern wind, Les Fourchaumes is one of the most spectacular vineyards of Domaine Laroche.

    • Soil: Kimmeridgian limestone
    • Density: 5,880 vines per hectare (2,380 vines per acre); 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

    • Hand harvest and sorting at the winery. Fermentation 100% in French oak barrels (228L, 400L, 600L from 1 to 7 years old) in historical cellars of the IXth century at Obédiencerie. Aging on fine lees in the same casks on average 9 months, then after the final blend, the aging continues until bottling.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay

      Alcohol: 12.5%

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Alcohol: 13%
  • Tasting Notes

    • “A silky width but not a very open width of aroma. Super in the mouth, direct yet still with width – properly mineral but without any sharp or hard edges – faintly of the barrel in the middle and finishing flavors – super wine.” -Bill Nanson



  • Chablis Premier Cru Les Fourchaumes Vieilles Vignes — 2021 – Wine Spectator – 92 Points

    "A sleek Chablis, with a touch of vanilla defining apple and lemon fruit flavors. Bracing and mouthwatering, with an overall flinty expression and a chalky feel on the finish."