An expressive nose of almond, white blossom and citrus aromas gives way to an harmonious palate of subtle citrus and stone fruit flavours, enhanced by a core of mineral acidity and a persistent saline finish. ABV 12%
Domaine Laroche is deeply rooted in the history of Chablis, based in the ‘Obédiencerie’, a former monastery in Chablis itself, where wine has been made for over 1,000 years. The quality of the wines is consistently impeccable, with the Chablis hallmark of crystalline purity and racy acidity. Their ownership of vineyards is remarkable and sets them apart from their main competitors. Chablis is a fragmented region, yet Domaine Laroche owns 90 hectares of vines, including 21 hectares of Premier Cru and six hectares of Grand Cru vineyards. In addition to their own vineyards, the domaine has developed long-standing purchasing partnerships with 40 small growers. Both the building and vineyard are still very much alive today: the estate continues to make and mature Premier and Grands Crus in the original cellars. The domaine has been built up over the past 160 years, but a dynamism that is unusual in such a venerable producer permeates everything Laroche does. The domaine has also developed long-standing partnerships with growers over the years and work closely with them on vineyard management. Both the Chablis ‘Les Chanoines’ and Chablis 1er Cru ‘L’Essence des Climats’ are sourced from clay-limestone ‘Kimmeridgian’ soils, which lend both excellent acidity and remarkable finesse.
The approach to production is meticulous under the stewardship of the technical director and winemaker Grégory Viennois, who oversees production for the Laroche signature. He is driven by a philosophy dedicated to caring for the land and the vines to encourage the purest expression of Chablis, practising sustainable viticulture with no artificial pesticides or herbicides. The winemaking is characterised by native yeasts and minimal intervention. We are pleased to list some older vintages so you can taste the ageing potential of these great wines.
Domaine Laroche has developed long-standing partnerships with growers over the years and work closely with them throughout the year. The vines are cared for in the same way as the domaine's own, maintaining the lively, mineral fruit character typical of Chablis. It is sourced from a selection of Premier Cru parcels, which gives the wine its 'L'Essence des Climats' name. The vines are located on the clay-limestone 'Kimmeridgian' soil, which has both excellent acidity and remarkable finesse.
Given the early harvest of recent years, 2021 vintage can almost be classified as a late harvest. Following some rain, there was some mildew pressure which was controlled by Laroche's technical teams. The manual harvest started on 21st September 21st. Fortunately, the grapes presented promising balanced profiles which were confirmed during the maturation.
The grapes are harvested by hand, gently pressed using a pneumatic press and cold settled before undergoing fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. The juice undergoes malolactic fermentation and then spends nine months ageing on fine lees in stainless-steel tanks in the historical Laroche cellars of the IX century (l'Obédiencerie).