The wines were bottled with
minimal filtration andshows aromas of melted butter, preserved lemon and white pepper. Notes of ripe
white fruit are balanced by lively acidity on the long and persistent finish.
Wine Advocate 90 points - I find less to get excited about in the 2009 Chablis Les Clos. Like the Blanchots, the Clos is a wine built mostly on fruit rather than structure or minerality. The 40% French oak is very nicely integrated, but the refinement and silkiness typical of the best wines from this site remain elusive. Anticipated maturity: 2012+. (Aug 2012)
The Domaine Laroche name is synonymous with Chablis. Since
1850, when Victor Laroche first purchased land in Chablis, five
generations of the Laroche family have consistently produced
superior Chablis. Victor's great, great grandson Michel Laroche,
joined the business in 1967 and has established his family's
reputation as one of the top producers in Chablis. Purity and
quality are at heart of Michel's winemaking philosophy and as the
owner of some of the largest holdings of grand cru vineyards, he is
able to produce beautiful wines of finesse and elegance.
The vineyards are planted on limestone-rich Kimmeridgian soil (a blend of clay, chalk and fossilized
oyster shells) which produce wines that exhibit the precise, crisp minerality that is the signature of all
great Chablis. Gregory Viennois is Laroche's technical director and oversees the management of all the
family's holdings. His minimalist philosophy emphasizes low yields and encourages the natural ecology
of the vines to produce fruit that is true to its terroir.
|After fermentation in stainless steel, the must was divided into three lots: 25% of the wine was aged on its
fine lees in French oak; 25% in new barrels, the remainder in neutral barrels.