Duroche, Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru, 2018

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Pierre Duroché's family has been bottling their own wines since the 1930s, when all but a handful of Burgundy growers — families like Duroché's neighbors, the Rousseaus—sold their produce to negociants. But the pioneering American wine importers, Colonel Wildman and Frank Schoonmaker, who made international stars of the Rousseaus (et al.) skipped his address. The Duroché wines remained a French-only phenom. That's beginning to change. Just a few years ago a member of the contemporary club of elite importers (thank you Doug Polaner) started importing the wines. Daniel Johnnes introduced the Duroché name at his La Paulée events. American Burgundy-lovers have caught up fast. Whatever it is that drives Pierre up the faces of sheer cliffs, also drives him to work obsessively in the vineyard and in the cellar. The fastidiousness that keeps him alive when climbing translates to elegant wines with gorgeous fruit and pure terroir expressions. They hit a stylistic bullseye for today's Burgundy drinkers: subtle oak; just a touch reductive; red and blue fruited, with maybe a touch of orange; and always, the terroir. No wonder Duroché is suddenly one of the most talked-about “new” producers on the market. Duroché has tiny plots in Premier and Grand Crus, but you don't have to shell out for the big bottles to see what all the fuss is about. His ability to make village Gevrey-Chambertin taste so extraordinary and distinct really sets him apart. Of course, this wouldn't be possible without his fantastic terroir: this is not across-the-road Gevrey, but good sites in Brochon, with plenty of old vines.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 97
"The 2018 Latricières-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 Duroché that will give 20 to 30 years of drinking pleasure. Superb." -Vinous

Robert Parker

RP 96
"One of the highlights of this year's range chez Duroché is the superb 2018 Latricières-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." -Robert Parker


D 96
"Pierre Duroché 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."


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