The Wines of Chablis – with Domaine Laroche


Located in northeast France, the Chablis region was annexed by the Dukes of Burgundy in the fifteenth century. While it is considered the northernmost extension of the Burgundy wine region, it is separated from the Côte d’Or by the Morvan hills. In fact, the town of Beaune located is more than 70 miles away. This makes Chablis relatively isolated from other winemaking regions. In fact, the southern vineyards of Champagne are actually its closest winemaking neighbor.

Before becoming part of Burgundy, Chablis was once considered part of Champagne, and the two regions share many climatic similarities. Chablis’ far northern location puts it at the extreme edge of sustainable viticulture – too much rain and a lower temperature produces wines quite high in acidity; too much heat produces wines that are flabby with too little acids. But, when the weather is right, the wines have gorgeous acidity and flinty flavors.

The history of Domaine Laroche began in 1850 and is closely related to the development of Chablis and its vineyards. At that time, there were neither legal delimitation of vineyards, nor growth classification. Laroche and other producers producers were simply heirs to the Cistercian monks.

Join us as we talk with Grégory Viennois, Wine and Vineyard Director
 at Domaine Laroche about the geography and terroir of the region, and what makes the wines of Chablis so special.

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3 Responses to “The Wines of Chablis – with Domaine Laroche”

  1. 1 Gary Nov 11th, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    i’m a long time listener, nice show as usual… but I really wish you guys would do some ‘video’ shows we could watch on tv (youtube, etc.)

  2. 2 Cary Rodriguez Nov 12th, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Good stuff guys I would love to get ahold of a bottle of Chablis!
    I downloaded this show from iTunes and it ended abruptly, in the middle of the conversation, so you might want to check that out, so we can hear what we miss guys.
    Thanks for the great shows

  3. 3 GrapeRadio Bunch Nov 13th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Hi Cary,

    Thanks for the head’s up. Looks like the file was corrupted. We uploaded a replacement, to the GR site. Not sure if/when iTunes will pick that up.


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