Our tasting impressions
Latricières is our sleeper favorite of the Gevrey Grand Crus. We sold out the 2000 so this is next up. Younger, for sure, and more forceful. With air, it reveals real Grand Cru depth, more dimension than the 2000 and lots of energy. Power and purity in one package. Plenty of development ahead but it's drinking rather well with some air.
About this wine
Latricières is one of the smaller (just 7ha) and less well-known Gevrey Grand Crus. It also has the coolest climate and is the furthest south. In fact, it is just above the famed Clos de la Roche in Morey-St. Denis. The name is a Latin derivation based on the thin soil.
Gevrey-Chambertin, in the Northern end of Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits might be its best known and most popular appellation for Pinot Noir.
About the grape
Pinot Noir is an ancient grape from eastern France. Notoriously challenging, it thrives in cooler climates. The concept of terroir is most closely identified with Burgundy because the lightness of Pinot Noir enables it to so transparently express minor differences (which is why experienced tasters can discern the difference in wines produced from vineyards in very close proximity). Intense popularity resulted in plantings all over the world but most agree that its finest expression is in the Côte d’Or of Burgundy.
About the vintage
The 2008 vintage was very difficult for Pinot Noir. Rain was substantial and some hail on top of that. But, the Côte de Nuits fared best. Wines generally have higher than usual acidity and consequently are very bright and focused.
Roche de Bellene was established in 2008 by Nicolas Potel. It is a diversified and global wine production and trading company. The company includes Domaine de Roche Bellene, which offers wines from estate owned vineyards in 10 different Côte d’Or appellations.
Maison Roche de Bellene is the company’s négociant arm. Potel and his team source grapes from respected and consistent sources throughout the Côte d’Or. All are very old vines from which Roche de Bellene produces white and red wines. Another part of the Maison operation is the Bellenum Collection. Potel purchases collections of outstanding wines from the vintages 1959-2006. After ensuring the quality, he rebottles these treasures before making them available for purchase.
Nico is the son of the legendary Volnay producer, Gerard Potel. In addition to learning “at home,” he trained at excellent estates in Australia, California and Burgundy. Potel is widely respected by his peers for his remarkable wine production talents, as well as his keen sense for sourcing grapes and wines.