Austere in good way and very stony. Tannic but slick and smooth. Initially less open or attractive than 2006 but some air quickly unveils this wine’s wonderfully complex fruit and savoury qualities. Sophisticated hedgerow fruit, raspberry and loganberry with notes of herb and black cherry. All the elements are exquisitely in place here, so well balanced and evidently with plenty more potential. Top notch. A vineyard that produces wines of distinct personality, always on the rockier more mineral and austere side of the spectrum. They can be a little taciturn on first approach but age seamlessly and gracefully given the chance.
Chantal Remy started looking after the Domaine in 1988, shortly before it sold a large proportion of its vineyards were sold. A third of the initial holding was left, vineyards spread over some excellent sites in the Chambolle-Musigny and Morey St Denis communes, at least until Chantal Remy’s mother died – when the domaine reduced again from, 4.5 hectares to 1.5 hectares as Napoleonic inheritance laws kicked in. The winemaking is resolutely traditional; no herbicides or insecticides are used in the vineyards, a third new wood is employed for élévage, during a long cask ageing there is just one racking and bottling takes place by hand two summers after the vintage, without fining or filtration. Classic, finely-tuned Burgundies that demonstrate an arresting purity and finesse. They are delicate and designed for pleasure! From 2009 all the Domaine Louis Remy wines will be labelled as Chantal Remy. Chantal’s son Florian started making the wine here in 2013 and seems destined to take it to ever greater heights.
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.