Only a handful of aficionados have ever spotted a bottle of Chablis Premier Cru “Troesmes” and far fewer have seen it on a label of Le Domaine d’Henri. So why does their very first vintage from this rarefied site taste so intelligently complete? Because it comes from the hands of Chablis master Michel Laroche.
Decanter magazine rightly compared the cachet of Monsieur Laroche to Michel Chapoutier of the northern Rhône and Olivier Humbrecht of Alsace. Clearly, he’s a local legend, and it wouldn’t take more than a minute to find someone in Chablis ready to sing Laroche’s praises. His family has tended vines in Chablis for more than 300 years, owned more Grand Cru vines than anyone else, and masterfully shaped themselves into one of Chablis’ largest blue-chip brands. Despite the fame, he still made the incredible decision in 2010 to return to his artisanal roots by selling his stake in Domaine Michel Laroche and establishing Le Domaine d'Henri (named after his father). His goal for this new venture was to create one-with-nature wines that showcased Chablis’ world-famous terroir in the most intimate way. Did it pay off? Today’s inaugural release from the rarely-seen “Troesmes” answers that with an emphatic YES!
The Laroches are a family steeped in Chablis viticulture, with records indicating their ancestors owned vines here in the late 1600s. So, obviously, it takes a brazen man to hit the “reset” button on a thriving business for a return to humble beginnings—but that’s exactly what Michel Laroche did when he sold off Domaine Laroche. This lucrative estate, which was handed down to him in the late 1960s by his parents, Henri and Madeleine, held (and still holds) the largest percentage of Grand Cru Chablis vineyards, but this didn’t matter to Michel—all he wanted to keep were the historic vineyards he had originally inherited from his father.
Premier Cru Troesmes
Partial Neutral Barrels
Scallops & Lobster Tail w/ Garlic Sauce
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