Domaine Laroche owns 4.56 hectares of this Grand Cru, about the third of the total growth. East-south exposure can be great, that is what Blanchots demonstrates. Old vines bring grapes to full ripeness without compromising mineral character and aromatic finesse. The combination of clay, Kimmeridgian soil, 41 B rootstock and slow-ripening conditions has a positive impact on aroma and acid. From year to year, Blanchots exhibits wonderful finesse and aroma complexity. All vines are ploughed to aerate the soil and encourage the development of natural life. Vines are pruned and trained by hand. We cultivate a 4,56 hectares vineyard in Grand Cru Blanchots on 8 different plots. Each one has its own personality: vine age, location on the slope, rootstock, origin of the variety and soil depth vary much, implying a number of nuances of quality. Vintage conditions also greatly matter. For instance, a vineyard with favourable sun exposure may be too warm in sunny vintages; a vineyard with less sun, in this case, gives more balanced grapes. For all these reasons, it would be pure fantasy to seek for the best wine in one single vineyard.
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.
Then 30 % of the wines are aged in French oak of which 25% new. Combined to a moderate toasting, it allows a bright and pure fruit expression.
Hence our first task is to vinify the grapes of each vineyard separately. After 7 to 8 months of ageing, we make La Réserve de l’Obédience from the best wines. 70 different components kept in casks, tanks or large old wood vats, may enter the final blend.
Our principle is to use the “triangle method”: on a tasting sheet, we draw a triangle. Each apex
symbolises: 1/Lack of intensity
2/ Atypical aromas, or exuberant fruit expression
3/ Disjointed acidity.
Wines positioned in the centre of the triangle are selected to make the Réserve de l’Obédience for their balance and harmony.
Eye: Light, clear and radiant
Nose: Rich, complex and buttery. A percussion of aromas.
Palate: Intense and finely polished. A sharpness expressed by the fruit. Sublime finish.
Lobster, king crab, fish with sauce hollandaise, mild goat cheese.
A very good vintage that rewards patience. The moderate summer was followed by a very nice and satisfactory September. Harvest took place in October, later than usual, under very good conditions. With their lively freshness, the wines of this balanced vintage are now showing the potential of a great vintage.
Chablis Grand Cru AOP
“Blanchots” takes its name after the white clay found on this exceptionally steep slope. In the soil, you can also find green and blue clay, Kimmeridgian soil on the top and ammonites with a diameter of 70 cm. A wonderful cocktail for paleontologists and, for vines, an ideal combination to keep the right amount of water for roots.