Latricieres-Chambertin is a Grand Cru vineyard and corresponding appellation of the Cote de Nuits in Burgundy. The vineyard site (climat) is located on the upper slopes of Gevrey-Chambertin's Grand Cru belt, at the very southern end of the commune.
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The Latricieres-Chambertin appellation was created in July 1937, along with those of its eight Grand Cru neighbors. It currently covers the production of around 40,000 bottles of wine per year, from 17 acres (7ha) of vines.
The Latricieres vineyard is bordered on its southern side by the Aux Combottes Premier Cru site (which is isolated from the other 25 Premier Crus by the intervening Grand Crus). Also just to the south is the Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, the finest in the neighboring Morey-Saint-Denis commune. All of Gevrey-Chambertin's Grand Cru sites lie adjacent to the key Le Chambertin site – a condition of Grand Cru status when the village's vines were classified in the 1930s. This prestigious climat is located immediately north of Latricieres.
The soils of the Latricieres-Chambertin vineyard are well drained and stony, with a thin layer of pebble-strewn, chalky topsoil over a deep, rocky base. The percentage of clay reduces slightly towards the higher edge of the site, giving way to drier, looser limestone. The regional climate is of continental type, producing relatively hot, dry summers and cool, crisp winters. Particularly in summer, this climate type brings high diurnal temperature variation, which helps to maintain a balance between natural sugars and acidity in the wines.
The Chambertin half of the Latricieres-Chambertin name originally applied only to the lieu-dit that has become the Le Chambertin and Chambertin-Clos-de-Beze sites. Such was the prestige of the wines from this ancient vineyard that its name was appended not only to the surrounding vineyards (including Latricieres) but also to Gevrey village, resulting in the modern Gevrey-Chambertin form.