At the winery Laroche, the natural approach to the vines in the vineyard plays a major role. Environmentally friendly and always respecting the relationship of soil and climate with the environment.
With the winery Laroche to Languedoc
As early as the 4th century, the Romans cultivated vines in Languedoc, right on the Mediterranean Sea between the Rhône Valley, Massif Central and the Pyrenees. Today, 300,000 hectares of vineyards are cultivated there. An enormous size when you consider that this is twice as much vineyard area as in Australia. Already highly successful in Chablis, winemaker Michel Laroche invested in his own winery in the south of France over ten years ago, acquiring Mas La Chevalière near Béziers. Both places produce wines of the highest quality and clarity. The goal is to get the terroir of each site and region into the glass as perfectly as possible.
Southern French charm
In addition to the rich diversity of soils and the favorable microclimate, this region also offers this long winemaking tradition, which is still noticeable today and gives the wines their very own charm. This must be preserved and at the same time the grape variety and its terroir must be absorbed in the wine. In order to be able to use the wide range of different grape varieties for his wines, Laroche has deliberately broken away from the AOC system of the region and brings his high-quality wines, pressed according to his understanding of quality, to the market as Vins de Pays d'Oc.
Sustainability at Laroche
The use of chemicals in the vineyard is completely avoided. Experimental, on the other hand, is the use of nettle and valerian, which so far has proven to be very efficient. In the wine cellar these views continue. A minimal, yet careful, treatment of the grapes, the reduction of electricity consumption and the use of rainwater, clearly show the paths that are being taken.
The grape varieties
The Laroche estate grows the following grape varieties, among others:
- Pinot Noir
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