Latricieres Chambertin, Grand Cru, 2009

  Drouhin Laroze

Latricières is a cooler terroir than the other Grands Crus of Gevrey, a place ideally suited at the hotter end of the 2009 season. A wonderful colour, deep and brilliant red-purple, structured and intense, gripping tannins wrapped in baskets of fruits flavours — bullace, damson, blueberry, cranberry and red currants. This is very very good but will need time, a vin de garde.

Contains Sulphites.

About Drouhin Laroze

Drouhin-Laroze is a great domaine re-born. Set up in 1919 when Suzanne, the daughter of Jean-Baptiste Laroze, married Alexandre Drouhin. Her father’s Gevrey-Chambertin and her husband’s Chambolle-Musigny estates were united to form Drouhin-Laroze, a domaine that has been exploiting the Côte de Nuits’ best vineyards ever since. After sharing the winemaking with his father in 2000, Philippe Drouhin took full control of the vineyard and winery from the 2001 vintage, beginning the re-incarnation of this great Burgundian domaine. Now with the emergence of Philippe's son and daughter, who now take an active part in running the Domaine, the estate's future looks secured.

Appellation: Latricières-Chambertin

At 6.94ha Latricières-Chambertin is one of the smaller Grands Crus of the Gevrey Chambertin commune, and after Chambertin and Chambertin-Clos de Bèze is capable of producing some of the best wines. Poor soil and a cool micro-climate lends a strict, minerally style to the wines. Always racy and powerful, if a little reticent in their youth, the wines are ageworthy and develop into fantastic examples of Grand Cru Red Burgundy. Some great exponents are Louis Remy, Leroy, Drouhin-Laroze, Trapet and Rossignol-Trapet.

Grape Type: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the classic grape of red burgundy, whose greatest wines are concentrated in the east and south-east-facing clay/limestone hills of Burgundy's Côte d'Or. A notoriously temperamental variety, Pinot Noir has proved difficult to grow in certain climates and soils and will not tolerate over-cropping. The best examples have wonderfully expressive aromas and thrillingly pure bitter sweet red forest fruit and cherry flavours, developing truffle and game overtones with age. Outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has had great success in New Zealand, California’s Carneros, Oregon and the more marginal, cooler districts in Australia. Along with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir is also one of the major components of Champagne.