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Domaine Laroche Les Clos Grand Cru Chablis 2009

Chardonnay from Chablis, France

Price: $109.00
Item No. 124054
  • WE94
  • ST91
  • RP90
Alcohol By Volume: 12.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1999
  • WS90

Winemaker's Notes

Bright yellow/green color with subtle notes of white blossom. Good balance of ripe white fruit and lively acidity. Exceptionally long finish with vibrant minerality and an elegant and long-lasting finish.

2009 is a vintage to remember with a generous amount of sunny days throughout the vegetative cycle and the ripening season which paved the way for an early harvest in September. The contrast of sunny days and cool nights resulted in ripe grapes with good freshness and an excellent aromatic synthesis. 2009 is a fruity, complex, balanced and harmonious vintage to be enjoyed now or cellared for a decade.

Critical Acclaim

"Intensely perfumed, this supremely ripe wine has kept all the dense structure of the Les Clos vineyard. Here is an impressive mix of tight structure, ripe pear and citrus, layered with toast and great juicy acidity. Cellar Selection."
94 Points

"Bright yellow. Mineral-driven aromas of crushed stone, menthol, lavender and violet. Penetrating, ripe and chewy but drier then the Blanchots Reserve de l'Obedience, hinting at yellow peach and pineapple. Very firmly built and a bit tannic, even abrupt, on the back end. Quite unforthcoming today. This southwest-facing site experienced more hydric stress in 2009 than the Blanchots owing to the lower clay content of the soil.
Rating: 91(+?) "
91 Points

"I find less to get excited about in the 2009 Chablis Les Clos. Like the Blanchots, the Clos is a wine built mostly on fruit rather than structure or minerality. The 40% French oak is very nicely integrated, but the refinement and silkiness typical of the best wines from this site remain elusive."
90 Points

Learn About Domaine Laroche

For five generations, the Laroche family has produced top-quality wines from the Chablis appellation, and today Domaine Laroche ranks among the most prestigious of Burgundy"s wine producers. In 1998, Laroche"s Les Clos 1996 was named The Best White Wine in the World by Wine Spectator.The origins of the estate date back to 1850, when a vineyard worker names Jean-Victor Laroche...

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Learn About Chablis

Chablis got a bad rap when its name was plastered on large jug wines in the 1980's and 90's. Luckily, the wine in those jugs has nothing in common with the actual region. Wines produced in Chablis are some of the most unique in the world. Typical descriptors of a classic Chablis include a greenish tinge on the wine, minerality and crisp acidity balanced by a round mouthfeel....

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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