Les Fourchaumes 2012

Chablis Premier Cru AOP

Domaine Laroche owns 7.65 ha of this large Premier Cru. The slopes benefits from South-West exposure and protection against northern wind. It allow higher ripeness of grapes. The vineyard is planted with very old vines with strong personality.


Vinification

Whole bunches are collected in a pneumatic press, then 12 hours settling at 12 to 15°C in specially designed wide tanks. 21 days of fermentation at 18°C.


Maturation

9 month ageing. 85% in stainless steel vats, 15% in 3-to-4 years old French oak barrels on fine
lees.
Minimum filtration to preserve the maximum natural character of the wine, then bottling
under low pressure on a bottling line designed to protect quality.


Tasting Notes

Eye: Yellow gold.

Nose: Ample ripe fruit with buttery notes.

Palate: Hints of honey and warm, with a superb structure and satisfying aftertaste on the palate.


Food Pairings

Enjoy with salmon with watercress sauce, lobster salad or sautéed veal with lemon and coriander.


Harvest Notes

The appellation, usually a slow-ripening one, benefited from an extraordinary end of summer. Blue sky, sunny and dry conditions, light Wind and cold nights... All the elements required for a complete and perfect ripening of the Chardonnay grapes. The conditions of the grapes, which were less abundant than 2011 due to coulure and millerandage were perfect! This enables development of impeccable aromas. This vintage of cold maturation, which implies neither heat excess nor heaviness, has developed elegant, aromatic, well-balanced and generously mineral wines.


Accolades

Silver
Decanter

Silver
IWSC

92.00/100 points
Wine Enthusiast

15.50/20 points
Bettane et Dessauve

15/20 points
RVF



Resources

Download the tech sheet (pdf)
Download the high-resolution bottle shot (tiff)
Visit www.larochewines.com

Varietals

100% Chardonnay


Appellation

Chablis Premier Cru AOP

Chablis Premier Cru AOP


Winemaker

Gregory Viennois


Soil Types

Kimmeridgian