Domaine Leroy   Chambertin Grand Cru

2002 Chambertin Grand Cru

By Domaine Leroy

2002 Chambertin Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

Embarking upon the 2002 Chambertin Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy, one immerses themselves in a sublime chapter of Burgundy's illustrious narrative. Authentically representing a broadcast of nature's climatic ensemble for the year 2002, this vintage stands out as a harmonious medley of precision, poise and potential.


The Quintessence of Terroir and Time

Two thousand and two bore witness to a balance so seldom achieved in Burgundy—a confluence of favourable weather conditions conspired to bestow the region with grapes of exceptional quality. The vines, having endured the whims of spring frosts, bloomed under an auspiciously warm and dry August, gifting viticulturists with a harvest that was both timely and bountiful. The resulting concoction is an epitome of Domaine Leroy's ability to convey terroir through a temporal lens.


A Tasting Journey Through Vintage Virtuosity

One does not merely taste the 2002 Chambertin Grand Cru; one experiences it. Its vibrant ruby hue, just like its origin, commands respect—anticipation shimmering in each glass. A bouquet brimming with red currant, dried cherry, and whispers of earthy truffle tantalises the senses before yielding to a palate layered with complex notes of forest floor, black tea, and a seam of minerality unique to the intricate soils of Chambertin. The harmony between the wine's refined tannins and its regal structure is revelatory of not just mastery in winemaking but also the blessings imparted by Mother Nature during 2002.

For those with an eye to fine wine investment, this vintage holds promise as one well-poised for maturation. As it continues to unfurl its myriad nuances over time, collectors can expect to witness an exquisite evolution within bottle — a testament to the longevity inherent in the upper echelons of Burgundy grandeur from Domaine Leroy.

In recapitulation, the 2002 vintage from Domaine Leroy is distinctive in its reflection of both the peculiarities of its year and its esteemed vineyard origins. It stands as an investable wine for those seeking typicity entwined with exceptional ageing potential—a true gem amidst the prestigious lineage of Chambertin Grand Crus.

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Madame Leroy’s stunning 2002 Chambertin bursts from the glass with profound aromas of blackberries, tar, and licorice. This expansive, hugely concentrated, deep wine is medium to full-bodied, powerful, and seamless. This mocha, black fruit, and floral effort is noble, well-balanced, perfectly harmonious, and possesses an extraordinarily long finish. Note: This estate’s 2002s are not yet released. The above estimate is based on the prices of the 2001s, taking into account that the dollar has significantly dropped. Importers include: Martine’s Wines, Novato, CA; tel. (415) 883-0400; and Lauber Imports, Somerville, NJ; tel. (908) 725-2100

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2004

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