Wine Advocate 91 points - The 2012 Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots, which comes from 4.56 hectares of vine, has a more Burgundian bouquet furnished with almond and hazelnut infusing the slightly reduced nose. The palate is well-balanced with a gras-like entry, very good concentration here with good depth and intensity on the finish. Very fine. Drink 2015-2025. (Aug 2014)
The Domaine Laroche name is synonymous with Chablis. Since 1850, when Victor Laroche first purchased land in Chablis, five generations of the Laroche family have consistently produced superior Chablis. Victor’s great, great grandson Michel Laroche, joined the business in 1967 and has established his family’s reputation as one of the top producers in Chablis. Purity and quality are at heart of Michel’s winemaking philosophy and as the owner of some of the largest holdings of grand cru vineyards, he is able to produce beautiful wines of finesse and elegance. The vineyards are planted on limestone-rich Kimmeridgian soil (a blend of clay, chalk and fossilized oyster shells) which produce wines that exhibit the precise, crisp minerality that is the signature of all great Chablis. Gregory Viennois is Laroche’s technical director and oversees the management of all the family’s holdings. His minimalist philosophy emphasizes low yields and encourages the natural ecology of the vines to produce fruit that is true to its terroir.