Overview of the Wine
A season marked by its precocity. The buds came out in early April, 10 days earlier then 2015 which was itself very precocious. The cold wave that followed slowed down the growth, leaving good conditions for the flowering which began in early June. Even though we can compare this precocious vintage with the 2015, the grape balance is compared to 2014 because of the cool temperature settling at the end of the maturation process. This singular season offered beautiful bunches in perfect health conditions. Once pressed, the juices are precise, straight, with great texture. This vintage will bring well-structured wines with a nice freshness.
Grape / Blend
The best of Burgundy terroir, based on a selection of grapes. Delicate fruit, beautiful acidity and mineral final touch.
Serving Suggestions: Fruity, crisp and precise. Lively and mineral. Fresh finish. Enjoy as an apéritif or with prawns, watercress salad, Japenese food or oysters.
About the Producer
The vineyards of Domaine Laroche are spread out across the entire region of Chablis, located in the northernmost section of Burgundy, 150 kilometers (93 miles) south of Paris, between Champagne and the Côte d’Or. Chardonnay is a vigorous variety that therefore requires careful fruit-quantity control. The Domaine Laroche philosophy relies on one-man plots, meaning that one person is wholly responsible for the care of a single vineyard parcel, from the pruning, soil conditioning and control of yields to the sorting of the harvest.
Springtime frost, less frequent now with climate change, remains a constant risk that conditions the viticulture. Thus, pruning takes place twice, in order to prevent early budburst that would expose the plants to an April or May frost, as well as to shape the vines and control yields. Domaine Laroche implements a systematic debudding in order to space the branches, ventilate the grapes and control yields. This work is completed by a green harvest if the quantity of grapes is excessive.
For five generations, the Laroche family has produced top-quality wines from the Chablis appellation, and today Domaine Laroche ranks among the most prestigious of Burgundy’s wine producers. The origins of the estate date back to 1850, when a vineyard worker names Jean-Victor Laroche bought a small plot of vines. Three generations of modest expansion were followed by a boom in the 1960s when, father and son Henri and Michel Laroche expanded their holdings considerably in the region. The past three decades have seen the domaine flourish under the guidance of Michel, whose commitment to authenticity, purity and typicite has popularized the steely, elegant wine in general – and the Laroche brand in particular – the world over. In April 2011 Greory Viennois joined Laroche as Technical Director, enhancing Laroche distinctive style through all the wines. He is helped by technical teams of all estates to carry out the most recent advances made in viticulture and oenology.
Product size: 750ml