The Gevrey-Chambertin appellation is large with quite a lot of rather large Grand Crus generously allocated when the current classification was established. Not all plots of the Gevrey Grand Crus are of high standard, and yet still they are famous in the Burgundy world where names like Charmes Chambertin and Mazis Chambertin have a great reputation – in some cases justifiably so – in other cases not so much.
A vineyard like Latricières-Chambertin is however much more under the radar although it’s producing some of the most refined and elegant wines of the appellation. Latricières is first and foremost lacking the Rousseau effect – as its not in the lineup from this great producer – who has created a lot of publicity and awareness for the Gevrey appellation. Secondly none of the hyped producers of the 1990s had plots of Latricières, hence it has remained under the radar despite some very prominent producers are present on this vineyard today.
I do however think that the 2015 vintage will change this, as great wines has been produced from the cool and refined Latricières terroirs.
Latricieres-Chambertin – the cool cru
Chambertin and Chambertin Clos de Beze are the undisputed top vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin. Latricières-Chambertin does in my view belong in the second tire behind the two greats – along with Ruchottes-Chambertin. These vineyards are the top of Gevrey-Chambertin if one look at the map – and while both Charmes, Mazis and Griottes produce magnificent wines – the quality of these terroirs seems less homogenious.
Latricières-Chambertin is the southern neighbour of the mighty Chambertin at the top of the Gevrey sloape. It continues from Chambertin south towards Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Combottes and the northern end of Clos de la Roche – see map below.
It’s a rather cool area – in hot years the forest and the Combe – small Valley – just above the Latricières helps cool the vineyard down. While the vineyard looks rather homogeneous the geology is rather complex as the Grissad Combe above Latriciéres hidden by the forest – extends geologically down into Latriciéres creating large variations in the soil – see map below.You need to login to read the rest of this article. If you are not a subscriber, use the subscribe function and sign-up.