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Domaine Laroche Chablis Reserve de l'Obedience Les Blanchots Grand Cru 2016
(Burgundy, France) - [BH 92] [WA 92] [WS 92] [VM 92]


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About The Domaine:

Domaine Laroche is directly linked to the history of Chablis. One of the most respected and largest landholders of Grand Cru vineyard, Domaine Laroche owns 90 hectares of vineyard situated amongst the best crus.

Its headquarters, the Obédiencerie of Chablis, reveals a heritage dating back from the Middle Ages when the Canons of Saint Martin of Tours were making wine. Saint Martin’s relics were hidden in the Obédiencerie for a decade. This exceptional testimony is very much alive: Domaine Laroche still elaborates and ages its Premiers and Grands Crus in these historical cellars. Its wines are a testimony of 1000 years of history!

The Laroche philosophy is based on a very special care of the terroirs in order for each of them to express its own particular characteristics in the glass. The importance of the ecological balance is crucial to maintain the vineyard heritage and to favour its durability. The respect of the soil, of the vine workers and of the environment are Laroche major commitments.

The 9th century monastery, L’Obédiencerie is where monks made the first Chablis, in the town of Chablis itself. The main offices and cellars of Domaine Laroche are located in this ancient stone monastery which is known as the birthplace of Chablis. La Réserve de l’Obédience is blended from the best wines of Les Blanchots grand cru, selected for their balance and harmony. Seventy different components kept in tanks, casks or large old wooden vats may be considered for the final blend.

2016 VINTAGE: A mild winter was followed by a cold and rainy spring with frost and hailstone showers on some parts of the appellation. August was warm and dry which favored belated ripening and accelerated the maturation process. The ideal September weather conditions with mild showers and sunshine finally ensured a nice maturation of the grapes. The harvest started on Monday, September 26 and ended on Tuesday, October 4, similar to 2014. The 2016 vintage is precise, fresh, lovely and well-balanced

Tasting Notes:
First, there is the typical floral character of Blanchots, on both the nose and the palate, and then an intense minerality appears. It develops and offers a remarkable aroma complexity, with a superb finish. A touch of velvety, from a careful ageing, on the top of the racy character of a Grand Cru Chablis.

Technical Information:

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

VINEYARD: Chablis - Blanchot Grand Cru Réserve de l’Obédience is produced from the finest selection of Les Blanchots grand cru vineyards. The eight plots that Laroche owns total 3.74 hectares (9.24 acres). Each plot is distinctive, with different vine age, location on the slope, rootstock, clone origin and soil depth — implying a variety of styles. Vintage conditions also vary greatly. A site with favorable sun exposure may be too warm in sunny vintages; a vineyard with less sun would give more balanced grapes. For these reasons, it would be folly to strive for the best wine from one single vineyard. 

SOIL: Blanchots has a unique soil composition, combining typical Chablis Kimmeridgian limestone with a layer of white clay. Blanchots takes its name from this white clay which retains moisture and protects the vines from hydric stress.

PRESSING: The grapes are harvested and sorted by hand. Whole bunches in a pneumatic press, then 12 hours settling at 12 C to 15 C (53 F to 59 F) in specially designed wide tanks. FERMENTATION: 3 weeks (50% in stainless-steel vats where the temperature gradually increases from 16 C to 19 C, or 61 F to 66 F; 50% in French oak, of which 15% is new).

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - Wine Advocate:
"A barrel selection, the 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Blanchots La Réserve de l'Obédience is more reserved than the regular bottling of Blanchots, unfurling in the glass with a reticent nose of crisp buttered orchard fruit, wet stones and spring flowers. On the palate, it's fuller-bodied, more ample and complete, with lovely depth, dimension and concentration and an impressive alliance of texture and tension. The finish is long, pure and stony."


92 Points - Wine Spectator:
"Elderflower, vanilla and apple aromas and flavors converge on this refined, stony white. Shows richness midpalate, before the vivid acidity cleanses the finish. Delivers more finesse than power."


92 Points - Vinous:
"The 2016 Les Blanchots La Reserve de l’Obédience Grand Cru has a much more intense and voluminous bouquet than the regular Les Blanchots with copious yellow plum, quince and oyster shell notes, flirting with honeyed aromas. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, a much more phenolic wine than the regular Blanchots with a saline tang towards the finish. There certainly seems to have been a bifurcation between the two cuvées, apparently something that has occurred in the weeks prior to my visit. Excellent."

92 Points - Burghound:
This wine has changed dramatically since the sale of Laroche as it once could be fairly described as an oak bomb with some white wine buried underneath - not necessarily a bad wine but not a very good Blanchots. By contrast there is good freshness to the less obviously exotic aromas of petrol, quinine and pear scents that precede the appealingly textured, nicely concentrated and stony flavors that deliver fine depth and length on the lingering finish that offers a bit more power and punch. This is a bit denser but not necessarily more complex while offering similar development potential.