Domaine Laroche - Chablis Les Clos 2021
Domaine Laroche Description
Domaine Laroche owns 1.12 hectares of the Grand Cru Les Clos (25.81 ha in total). We know from historical sources that the Monks of St Martin of Tours planted vines here in the 9th century. The vineyard takes its name from the fact that it was once surrounded by walls. The Clos is located just opposite the village of Chablis.
Soil: Kimmeridgian limestone
The 2021 vintage could almost be described as late as we have been used to earlier and earlier harvests in recent years. The manual harvest started on September 21st in the parcels of Vieille Voye / Vaillons / Butteaux and Blanchots. Following episodes of rain, the sanitary pressure was present but controlled by our technical teams. In the end, the juices presented promising balanced profiles which were confirmed during the maturation. The tastings conducted in the cellars showed the finesse and the good acidity present in the wines.
Hand harvest and sorting at the winery. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. Aging on fine lees in the same casks in French oak barrels (228L, 400L, 600L) for 9 months in the historical cellars at the Obédiencerie. After blending, the wine is aged in stainless steel tanks for at least 6 months.
Much more open so showing its extra complexity with ease and aplomb. Nicely shaped, properly constructed, completely super wine.
Wine Spectator: 93 Points
Broad and spicy, this white evokes vanilla, lanolin, peach and apple pie flavors, with good cut and definition offsetting the creamy texture. Firms up on the finish, where lemon and mineral elements linger. Best from 2024 through 2033. 460 cases made, 90 cases imported.
Burghound: 91-94 Points
This is also distinctly cool aromatically with its combination of iodine, oyster shell, white flower and abundance of citrus elements. The markedly rich and palate staining larger-bodied flavors flash excellent power on the balanced if not especially dry or complex finale. Still, the quality of the underlying material is clear.
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