2018 domaine duroche, latricieres-chambertin grand cru
Why We're Buying
Latricières-Chambertin is one of eight grand cru vineyards in Gevrey-Chambertin, making this red wine highly priced and coveted. The terroir contributes to bold and expressive pinot noir, thanks to the small, concentrated berries. From 2017 to 2021, Domaine Duroché Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru has tripled in price and now costs $500+ per bottle.
The 2018 Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru has a much more complex and engaging bouquet compared to the Charmes-Chambertin, a smorgasbord of ebullient red berry fruit laced with minerals and wilted rose petals. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and a brisk line of acidity. Fresh and vibrant with gentle grip toward the finish. This is an outstanding 2018 from Pierre Duroche that will give 20 to 30 years of drinking pleasure. Superb. (NM)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the highlights of this year's range chez Duroche is the superb 2018 Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru, a beautifully defined wine that unfurls in the glass with aromas of ripe cherries, cassis and wild berries that mingle with suggestions of coniferous forest floor, violets and orange rind. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, layered and incisive, with a deep and fleshy core of fruit, racy acids and a long, penetrating finish. As I wrote last year, the quietly confident Pierre Duroche—who once represented France in rock climbing—took over this eight-hectare Domaine in 2005. He knows what he wants to achieve and is well on the way to achieving it. Blessed with an enviable patrimony of vineyard holdings and plenty of old vines too, his hand-harvested grapes see gentle macerations and elevage with decidedly modest percentages of new wood. Stems, thoughtfully employed, are increasingly part of the equation. The ensuing wines are beautifully fragrant, with filigree tannins, vibrant fruit tones and sneaky persistence. Duroche harvested early in 2018 and has produced a lovely range of fragrant, elegant and unusually vibrant wines that I can't wait to taste again from bottle. His 2017s, which I also revisited, are showing beautifully, capturing all the inherent charm of the vintage. In short, Domaine Duroche continues its ascent, and readers who haven't yet taken notice should do so before it's too late.(WK)
Pierre Duroche eschewed the use of new wood on his Grands Crus in 2018, allowing the fruit of the vintage to express itself. Sourced from a 0.25ha parcel right next to Chambertin itself, this is a classically chalky, focused, pithy, refreshing style showing juicy wild strawberry and red cherry fruit, subtle whole bunch spice and a long, mouthwatering finish. One of a series of very impressive wines from this talented young vigneron. Drinking Window 2022 - 2032. (TA)