Chablis 1er Cru `Les Vaudevey`

Chablis

Domaine Laroche

Domaine Laroche epitomises Chablis, with impeccable quality and a remarkable 100 hectares of...

vineyards, including 30 hectares of Premier Cru and six hectares of Grand Cru sites. Founded in 1850, there is still a dynamism which permeates everything they do. Michel Laroche merged with another family-owned producer, Jeanjean, in 2009 and he remains involved in the business, along with his wife Gwénaël. As part of their aim to retain purity and minerality in the finished wine, Laroche was the first Burgundian producer to move to screwcaps in 2002.

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Vineyards

Vaudevey is a 35 hectare Premier Cru (Domaine Laroche owns 9.96 hectares) which sits to the west of the town of Chablis. The steep slopes rest on classic Kimmeridgean soil; sun exposure on the east/south facing vines occurs in the morning and early afternoon, which gives good ripeness and an elegance not always found in the more powerful of the Premier Crus.

Vintage Information

2017 was the earliest vintage in the past two decades in Chablis. Due to hard frosts that hit the vines in April, the harvest was on the smaller side, but the quality of the grapes has resulted in wines with wonderful balance.

Vinification

The wine was whole-bunch pressed, giving a more delicate, fine juice. This was then settled for 12 hours at between 12-15°C, in specially designed wide stainless steel tanks. Fermentation lasted two weeks at 17°C (15% was fermented and aged in oak barrels, 85% in stainless steel). The wine aged for nine months before a light filtration to preserve the natural character of the wine.

Tasting Notes

This wine is bright gold in colour, with an elegant nose of citrus aromas and mineral overtones. Racy in style with fine, white fruit flavours balanced by zesty freshness. A long, lingering mineral finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2017
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Chablis, Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Viennois
Alcohol (ABV) 12%
Acidity 6.85g/l
Residual Sugar 1.15g/l
Wine pH 3.24