The terroir of Les Clos: Domaine Laroche has 1.12 hectares of the Grand Cru Les Clos. This vineyard was formerly all surrounded with walls hence the name “Les Clos”. We know from historical sources that the Monks of St Martin of Tours planted vines here in the 9th century. Les Clos is located straight in front of the village of Chablis with a southern exposure. This favourable sunny exposure allows grapes to achieve excellent ripeness. The soil is well drained. Therefore, the water retention is rather low in the soil and grapes are concentrated in both acid and aroma. The vines were planted by Michel Laroche in 1960. Therefore, Les Clos is the most sinewy and long-lasting Grand Cru of Domaine Laroche. From the vineyard to wine: The vineyard has been ploughed since 8 years. The vines are pruned and trained by hand.
Whole bunches are collected in a pneumatic press. Then must settles for the next 12 hours at 12 to 15 °C in large vats. The must ferments at 20°C for 3 weeks.
20 % of the wines
are aged on fine lees in French oak of which 25% new only. Combined to a moderate
toasting, it allows a bright and pure fruit expression.
Eye: Pale Gold.
Nose: Subtle notes of white blossom on the nose.
Palate: Good balance of ripe white fruit and lively acidity. Exceptionally long finish with vibrant minerality. Elegant and long-lasting.
Smoked wild salmon, lobster salad, Royal King Crab, chopped veal with creamy sauce and funghi porcini, mature cheese.
A year like 2013 requires much attention. From Spring onwards, weather conditions were particularly demanding, implying careful intervention in bud removal, cane positioning and leak plucking, in order to aerate the canopy and limit the development of diseases. Hand made harvest and sorting were crucial for quality. Finally, 2013 was a very demanding one, but the profile of each terroir is quite clear and the wines have harmony and the typical salty finish of Chablis.
Chablis Grand Cru AOP