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Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru 2012


Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru 2012 has an airy, lifted, floral bouquet with rose petals and cold limestone taking precedence over the fruit intensity at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied and just a little firm on the entry. This is a compact, linear grand cru, correct and fresh with a touch of spice on the finish. Very fine.

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Subregion: Côte De Nuits, Latricières-Chambertin
Vintage: 2012
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
ABV: 12.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Concentrated, elegant and seductive
Drink With: Roast boar

In the Middle Ages, Latricières-Chambertin produced such good quality wines that is was called the "Petite Merveille" (tiny wonder). "Latricières" is derived from "La Tricière" which in old Burgundian dialect refers to land that is unfit to farm, land that has barely any value at all. Ironically, it is now some of the most valuable agricultural land in the world as today grand cru vineyards in Burgundy cost anywhere from €2 million to €10 million per hectare.

Domaine Drouhin-Laroze's parcel of Latricières-Chambertin vines was planted between 1959 and 1984 and covers 0.67ha.

From Allen Meadows'
This is aromatically more complex if not more elegant than the Chapelle with its array of spiced plum, exotic tea, dark currant and subtle sauvage scents. The restrained and beautifully delineated flavours also seem to be constructed on a base of liquid minerality that adds lift to the very firm, intense, linear and moderately austere finish that delivers outstanding persistence. This too will need at least 12 to 15 years to arrive at its full potential. 91-94 Points