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July 17, 2010

Laroche Chablis 1er Cru


2007 Chablis 1er Cru
Laroche, Chablis, France
ca 22 €
♥♥+

100 % Chardonnay
12 % abv.

A nice wine, well suited for the warm temperatures of this wonderful summer, where we are sweating, even here in Sweden.

Showing a nice lemon color with slight, slight (barely there...) hints of green in the glass, it looks really inviting. The aromas of summer-ripened lemon are pleasant, so is the minerality, reminding of warm stones being rained on, some smoky and the slight baked-butter-nuances only adding to it... The taste of ripeness combined with the freshness through the high acidity and dryness at the same time make for a nice result of this medium-bodied white wine. There are very slight hints of oak, and the minerality give that nice 'dusty' feeling, which also remains for a while.

Nice, but does it taste like 23 €? Hm. I am not sure... Maybe I am just not a Chardonnay girl? I will need to try more different Chablis 1er Crus, to make up my mind about this...

While I do not remember, where I got this wine from, I just found it at Belvini Weinversand.

We had it with shrimps and Swedish caviar (löjrom) - not too bad!


Premier Cru is the next-best AC for Chablis wines, with ca 40 sites included. This bottle here is a mixture of grapes from different 1er Cru sites. It is the soils with famous Kimmeridgean clay, very rich in marine fossils, that give the special aromas/flavors. More about Chablis is found here.

2 comments:

  1. That's really interesting - over the past few weeks I had a couple of Chardonnays that I really like, but found a little too expensive for what they delivered. So far the best recent Chardonnay in terms of value came from the Pfalz...

    Thanks for sharing,
    The Wine Rambler

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  2. Interesting! But not amazing. I find it ever so often, that you get a lot of value for money in the Pfalz. It is truly amazing how many nice wines you can get for 8-12 €. And if you are willing to spend 20 € and more, you are really talking... That is what puts many other wines at a certain perspective (or vice versa for a matter of fact).

    Cheers or Zum Wohl, as we say in the Pfalz.

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