Domaine Laroche

Bourgogne, France

Chablis Premier Cru Les Vaudevey – 2014

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Domaine Laroche is one of only three proprietors in Les Vaudevey, owning 9.96 hectares (24.61 acres) of the 41.33-hectare (102.13 acres) premier cru vineyard. Planted on steep slopes of 195 to 235 meters (640 to 771 feet) with an eastern to southeastern exposure, the wines enjoy morning to early afternoon sun. They are, therefore, protected from excessive heat and mature slowly, developing a delicate flavor profile.

    • Definition: Vaudevey can also be written in three words: “Vau,” “de,” and “Vey.” These words refer to the “Valley,” or “Vau,” of the “Vey,” which comes from the Latin word “Vadum,” which translates to “humid place” because of the river that used to flood the entrance of the valley.
    • 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 1980
    • Clones: Sélection massale
    • Soil: Vaudevey is planted on Kimmeridgian limestone with a very rocky topsoil providing good drainage and aeration. The limestone and clay soil contains a multitude of tiny fossilized oyster shells. This unique soil structure delineates the grand and premier cru areas of Chablis, imparting a finesse to the Chardonnay that is precise, elegant and exceptional.
    • Density: 5,880 vines/hectare (2,380 vines/acre)
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  • Vinification


  • Tasting Notes




  • Chablis Premier Cru Les Vaudevey – 2014 – 90 points – Wine & Spirits

    "A glassy beauty on the surface, this offers textural pleasure in its clean, pear-like fruit..."

  • Chablis Premier Cru Les Vaudevey – 2014 – 91 points – The Wine Advocate

    “… scents of mango, citrus fruit, shaved almond and just a hint of white chocolate … palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity, plenty of citrus fruit, lemon rind and Granny Smith apples that segue into a more stony and reserved finish ...”

  • Chablis Premier Cru Les Vaudevey – 2014 – 90 points – Vinous

    “… Pure, high-pitched aromas of lemon, pineapple, yeasty bread and truffle. Lemony and brisk, with white peach, pineapple and metallic flavors communicating excellent citricity and cut…”

  • Chablis Premier Cru Les Vaudevey – 2014 – 90-92 points – Vinous

    “Dense, supple and ripe, with white peach and mineral flavors lifted by a gingery high note. Conveys a strong taste of white limestone in a cool site… displaying concentrated minerality and noteworthy persistence.”