Domaine Leflaive   Bienvenues Batard Montrachet

1997 Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet

By Domaine Leflaive

1996 Vosne les Genaivrieres from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

The esteemed 1996 Vosne les Genaivrieres from Domaine Leroy is a testament to the pinnacle of Burgundian finesse, and it retains a distinct prestige among fine wine investors. Singular in its composition, the '96 vintage is an exquisite emblem of the terroir from which it hails—one that experienced a growing season of both trials and triumphs.


An Exceptional Vintage Persevering Through Clime

In Burgundy, the 1996 season arrived on the vestiges of an arduous winter and spring, laden with frost and rains that set high stakes for vignerons. However, as summer unfolded, the sun's benediction graced the vines, nurturing the grapes to impeccable ripeness. The providence of this turnaround is palpably encapsulated in each sip of the 1996 Vosne les Genaivrieres. The miracle of this metamorphic weather trajectory instilled a robust structure paired with an energy that imbues every drop of this laudable vintage.


A Symphony of Complexity

With decades in bottle, the patina of time reveals itself in a mosaic of deep cherry and intense earthy undertones. A nose lacing perfumed violet with delicate whispers of truffle emanates from the glass. The palate is embraced by an aristocratic complexity, embodying equanimity between insistent tannins and a resplendent acidity that heralds exceptional longevity—a key aspect for investment consideration.

The velvety texture renders a luxuriant mouthfeel, while nuances unfold with astounding intricacy—ushering in Chocolate-laden pâtisserie and hints of sous-bois as it breathes—the embodiment of ethereal Burgundian Pinot Noir from an epoch-making year.

As we gaze upon the stature of the 1996 Vosne les Genaivrieres from Domaine Leroy today, there lies no doubt that its elevation from mere wine to vinous artefact is complete. To cultivate a collection that endows both personal gratification and appreciating value is no small feat. Yet, herein lies one such stellar opportunity—a vintage that ardently whispers its provenance and sings the virtues of optimal maturation. Admirers seeking both oenological brilliance and potent fiscal acumen will find themselves at the intersection of desire and prudence in pursuing this venerable Burgundian elite.

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The 1997 Bienvenue-Batard-Montrachet possesses a much more austere nose than the Pucelles. With coaxing, it reluctantly displays white flowers, almonds, and citrus fruits. This broad, medium-to-full-bodied, undeniably rich wine boasts a delicious array of minerals, clay, toast, stones and toasty pears. It is silky-textured, well-focused, concentrated, and combines impressive ripeness with balance. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2008+. Importer: Wilson Daniels, St. Helena, CA; (707) 963-9661.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 20 June 1999

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