...wafting from the glass with beautiful aromas of cassis, wild berries, coniferous forest floor and sweet soil. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, with a deep core of succulent fruit, fine tannins, and a sapid, pure finish.
There is a highly seductive mouth feel to the sleek, indeed even refined middle weight flavors that contrast somewhat with the ever-so-mildly rustic finale that exhibits more evident minerality and structure. A quality Gevrey villages.
Domaine Duroché was established by Philippe Duroché in 1954. He started out with 7.5 acres and added to the estate before turning it over to his son Gilles in the 1980s. Today the estate includes 20 acres of owned and leased land, and Gilles’ son Pierre is also part of the business. The domaine has Grand Cru parcles in Charmes-Chambertin, Latricières-Chambertin and Chambertin Clos de Beze, as well as Premier Crus and village parcels in Gevrey-Chambertin. Clive Coates has written that “This is a very efficient set-up, with a spotlessly tidy cellar in the center of the village…Quality is now very good, and the wines are rich and succulent.”
Côte de Nuits is the northern part of the Côte d’Or and it includes the most famous vineyards and wine communes in the world. There are more Grand Cru appellations in the Côte de Nuits than anywhere else in Burgundy. Of the fourteen communes, or villages in the Côte de Nuits, six produce Grand Cru wines. They are Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-St.-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Flagey-Échezeaux and Vosne-Romanee. Some of the vineyards within the Côte de Nuits are tiny, which adds to their prestige. The fabled Grand Cru vineyard La Romanee is barely two square acres. Altogether there are twenty-four Grand Cru vineyards. The region takes its name from the village of Nuits-Saint-Georges. Côtes de Nuits produces mostly reds from Pinot Noir, and the wines have been in demand for centuries. During the 18th century King Louis XIV’s physician recommended that for his health the king only drink wines from Nuits-Saint-Georges. Like most of Burgundy, the soils of the Côte de Nuit can vary greatly from one vineyard to another, though most are a base soil of limestone mixed with clay, gravel and sand.
This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.