Les Vaillons 2012

Chablis Premier Cru AOP

Domaine Laroche owns 6.91 of 105,73 hectares of Vaillons. With a South Eastern exposure, vines can ripen fully. Old vines produce wines with exceptional depth and complexity.


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. 15% in French oak barrel and 85% in stainless steel.


Maturation

9 months. 15% in oak barrel, 85% in stainless steel.
Minimum filtration to preserve the maximum natural character of the wine.


Tasting Notes

Eye: Intense gold.

Nose: Complex nose with hints of flint, ripe pear and summer blossom.

Palate: The palate offers intense white fruit and long finish, and a fine freshness.


Food Pairings

Enjoy with saffron-flavoured scallops, veal with creamy sauce or mature cheese.


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

Gold
Concours Général Paris

Bronze
Decanter

Gold
IWSC

Silver
International Wine Challenge

90.00/100 points
Wine Enthusiast

15.50/20 points
Bettane et Dessauve

1 Star
Guide Hachette

14.50/20 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

Limestone marls and Kimmeridgian soil are deep and vines are deeply rooted in this stony environment and extract minerals to ripen grapes with delicacy and minerality typical of Chablis.