Delicate aromas of lilies, roses and freshly cut grass with intense flavors, crisp acidity and hints of vanilla. Refined and balanced with good depth and a long finish.
Wine Advocate 92 points - The 2009 Chablis Les Blanchots is another of the relatively immediate wines in this lineup. Layers of expressive fruit fill out the wine’s broad shouldered frame nicely. This is an unusually refined, polished Blanchots. The style built on volume rather than minerality will appeal most to readers who like richer Chablis. Laroche aged 30% of the wine in barrel. The balance is impeccable. 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.
|Whole clusters were pressed, fermented in tank and aged on its fine lees for 12-15 months; 25% in French oak barrel (25% new) and 75% in stainless steel.