After 45 years at the helm of Domanie Laroche, Michel Laroche has embarked on a new project with his children. Beginning with the 2012 vintage, Domaine d’Henri is named after Michel’s father Henri. Reclaiming the Laroche family vineyards of 19ha, they include 17 plots of Petit Chablis, Chablis, 1er Cru Fourchaume and Beauroy. These plots are individually vinified to allow the terrior and vine age to fully express their character with a natural balance of minerality, tension, richness and acidity.

“The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Les Fourchaume Vieilles Vignes comes from a single parcel planted in 1970 and was aged in around 22% oak. It has a very different bouquet compared to the regular bottling with more creaminess and roundness, a touch of almond and coconut intermixed with the citrus fruit. The palate is much more strict than the nose with a sorbet-like freshness on the entry – orange zest and citrus peel, tightly wound with a touch of spiciness furnishing the finish. This has very good potential – perhaps the one to pick if you like a bit of extravagance in your Chablis” – 92 Points Neal Martin – eRobertParker.com