Côte de Nuits
Domaine Duroché is run by fifth-generation Pierre Duroché. His extensive Gevrey-Chambertin holdings include three Village wines, four Premiere Crus (Champeaux, Cazetieres, Estournelles st-Jacques and Lavaux st-Jacques) and four Grand Crus (Charmes Chambertin; latricieres Chambertin, Chambertin Clos de Beze and a tiny holding in Griotte Chambertin).
The domaine’s holdings amount to a total of 8.25 ha. All the grapes are destemmed except for the Griotte Chambertin, which is vinified as whole clusters. Only natural yeasts are used during the fermentation, which usually takes 10 to 12 days.
Aging is done in barrels of which 10-20% are new for the village, 30-50% for the Premier Cru and 50-75% for the Grand Crus.
Between 2005 to 2008 Pierre made the wines along with his father, Gilles, and since the 2009 vintage Pierre got full control of the wine making and vineyard management. The wines are gaining recognition by wine critics and wine enthusiasts as among the very best in their relative appellations.
Since the 2014 vintage Pierre introduced a new special Cuvée: “Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St Jacques Vignes 23”: This wine is made exclusively from vines planted before 1923. Most of the grapes come from a parcel adjacent to Clos St Jacques with no access to motorized vehicles and therefore, it is plowed exclusively by horse (2-3 barrels will be made annually).