The 7ha site of Laroche Vieille Voye sits just below Les Lys in the Vaillon Premier Cru vineyard. The vines are 70 years old and treated as if it were a Premier Cru wine. This site has been cultivated since the 15th Century and is in fact one of the first that Laroche made use of.
This is a Premier Cru Chablis in all but official title. It has great depth, length and subtlety. Mineral and white fruited it is a wine that builds intensity on your palate. I love drinking this wine now but it definitely will improve with age.
When a producer’s office is the sixteenth century monastery, l’Obediencerie, where Chablis was born then you know they mean business. Laroche are the largest vineyard holders in Burgundy. Which is informed by their desire to make the terroir driven Chablis at all levels of the hierarchy.
From 7 to 15 years of age. I’d serve this slightly warmer than most Chablis so you can appreciate the flavours.
Chicken or shellfish are what this wine needs.
The kimmeridgean soils that make Chablis taste like Chablis is evident in these wines. They have more definition of region and more structure than a Petit Chablis but without the fruit weight and intensity of the better sites. Great wines for drinking young or youngish.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.