Domaine Leflaive   Bienvenues Batard Montrachet

1999 Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet

By Domaine Leflaive

1997 Vosne les Genaivrieres from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

The 1997 vintage in Burgundy often slips off the radar amid discussions of the greats, yet it harbours hidden gems of profound intricacy and delicacy. Among them, the 1997 Vosne les Genaivrieres from Domaine Leroy demands attention, exemplifying the finesse and complexity for which both the vineyard and producer have earned acclaim.


An Unexpected Turn: The 1997 Harvest

The challenges of the 1997 season in Vosne-Romanée coaxed an unexpected virtue out of Domaine Leroy's parcels. A rather precocious harvest, brought on by a warm summer and adequate ripening conditions, offered up fruit with a balance between ripeness and acidity that verged on alchemic. It is this equilibrium that underpins the sensual allure of the 1997 Vosne les Genaivrieres.


Terrain and Temperament: The Domaine Leroy Legacy

Domaine Leroy's unwavering commitment to biodynamic viticulture undoubtedly paid dividends in this pivotal year. The estate, led by the intrepid Lalou Bize-Leroy, has a renowned reputation for wines that articulate their terroir with uncompromising clarity. Here in 'Les Genaivrieres', the wine unfurls evocative layers of lush texture alongside an arresting spice profile; hints of cherry and licorice cascade across a foundation of masterfully integrated oak nuances.

Investors recognise Domaine Leroy's iterations as benchmarks for longevity and value appreciation. The 1997 Vosne les Genaivrieres sparkles as an investment-worthy vintage that mirrors an enigmatic chapter in Burgundy’s timeline.


The Essence of Twenty-Six Years

Upon revisiting this wine a quarter-century after its inception, one can't help but admire how magnificently it has evolved. It occupies a rarified space where time generously contributes complexity and poise without detracting from the vibrant fruit character at its core. In terms of collectability and investment potential, it represents a noteworthy candidate for diversifying portfolios with subtlety and grace.

The symphony of taste resonating from this bottle offers investors not just a mere pour, but a narrative spun from one of Burgundy's most revered domains – a tale where the distinct conditions of 1997 harmonise with traditional mastery to ensure that each glass from this bottle is an oeuvre of vinous history.

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Rich almond aromas emerge from the 1999 Bienvenue-Batard-Montrachet. Medium-bodied and oily-textured, it is ample, plump, and has excellent grip. Its flavor profile, composed of white and yellow fruits intermingled with nuts, lasts throughout the finish. Importer: Wilson-Daniels, St. Helena, CA; (707) 963-9661.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 27 February 2001

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