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2016 Domaine Laroche Les Clos Grand Cru Chablis
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- ABV 12.5%
- Closure: Cork
The 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos from Domaine Laroche plays its cards very close to its vest, only unwinding with extended aeration to reveal a pretty bouquet of crisp white peach, lemon oil and citrus blossom. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, glossy and delicately textural, with a deep, stony core and vibrant acids, concluding with a stony, almost saline finish. This is a Les Clos that's going to insist on several years' patience, but it's pure, discreetly concentrated and well-balanced, so I wouldn't bet against it.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate #238 (Sep 2018)
The 2016 Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru comes from the bottom and mid-slope part of the vineyard and is aged 100% in used demi-muids. It is blessed with one of my favourite bouquets from Laroche this year: beautifully entwined scents of white flower, oyster shell and gunflint, touches of wet granite and struck flint coming through with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, the wood exquisitely enmeshed with the fruit and delivering a wonderful, precise, slightly nutty, smoky finish. Superb!
Neal Martin - Vinous
Lemony and lilting, this white offers green plum, apple, honey and mineral flavors. Sleek and focused on the finish. Drink now through 2023.
Bruce Sanderson - Wine Spectator
A background hint of honey frames the cool, pure and airy aromas of various white-fleshed fruit, quinine and floral wisps. There is good density to the nicely mineral-inflected and relatively supple flavors possess focused power on the citrus, clean, tangy and notably dry finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth. I like the complexity and while this should age gracefully, it's not so tightly wound that it couldn't be enjoyed young.
Allen Meadows - Burghound