Latricières-Chambertin

Latricières-Chambertin is one of the eight grand cru vineyards in Gevrey-Chambertin, one of Burgundy’s most famous villages. It lies on the slopes of the east-facing Côte d’Or escarpment, just south of the famous Chambertin vineyard and above Mazoyères-Chambertin, and is planted exclusively to Pinot Noir.

The 7.3 hectare (18 acre) vineyard occupies a slight depression in the Côte d’Or – while Chambertin and Clos de Beze slope perfectly toward the sun, Latricières is almost completely flat. This is also the case for its immediate neighbor to the south, the Aux Combottes Premier Cru climat.

Aux Combottes separates Latricières from the Morey-Saint-Denis commune and the Clos de la Roche Grand Cru vineyard. Here, a few hundred meters due south of Latricières, the slope of the hill once more takes on a southeasterly aspect.

Like Chambertin to the north, Latricières-Chambertin has thin, chalky soils that are well suited to winegrowing, as they do not allow the vine to become complacent. Instead, the vines struggle to survive, producing small, intensely flavored berries instead of luxurious greenery.

This combines with Burgundy’s continental climate to make high-quality wines, although Latricières-Chambertin’s aspect is perhaps not as favorable as many of the other grand cru vineyards along the Côte d’Or.

Latricières-Chambertin was given grand cru status in 1937, as the rest of the Gevrey-Chambertin grand cru vineyards were enshrined in (appellation) law.