Domaine Leroy   Chambertin Grand Cru

2009 Chambertin Grand Cru

By Domaine Leroy

2009 Chambertin Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

The esteemed vineyards of Burgundy gave us good reason for celebration with the exceptional harvest of 2009, a year that crowned a series of vintages which neatly encapsulated the splendour of Pinot Noir. The 2009 Chambertin Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy is a prime exemplar of sheer finesse and complexity, commanding the attention of connoisseurs and investors alike.


Unlocking the Elixir of '09

Domaine Leroy's exacting standards in viticulture culminated in a yield that only can be described as amasterful homage to this illustrious terroir. The 2009 vintage was one where Mother Nature conspired to bestow benevolence upon the vines, resulting in fruit that reached optimal maturity, dripping with potential—and realised beautifully in this bottling. Decanting the 2009 Chambertin Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy unveils layers of red and black fruits intertwined with an earthy minerality that is quintessentially Burgundian.


An Oenological Tapestry Woven With Precision

The palate is graced with an elegant balance—one might say it's a paragon of harmony—where supple tannins ally with a fresh acidity to provide a framework on which its myriad flavours assemble in arresting symphony. There is a depth here too, one that reveals subtle spice notes and a hint of damp forest floor, rounded off by an enduring finish that whispers tales of its age-worthy structure.

Sophisticated fine wine investors discerning the virtues of provenance and pedigree will rightly view the 2009 Chambertin Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy as more than mere vinous pleasure. It is an investment in craftsmanship. A storied vintage such as this speaks not just to the palate but also to its potential for appreciation in value, mirroring perfectly the demands of an astute market.

In conclusion, this Chambertin from the halls of Domaine Leroy is an eloquently expressed testament to the glory of 2009 in Burgundy—a vintage whose narrative forever elevates it within the collector's lexicon. It’s one for selective portfolios where its distinction will continue to resonate throughout the aging process, sparing no detail in telling its extraordinary story—one sip at a time.

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The 2009 Chambertin is one of the wines of the vintage. It is also the least obvious of the 2009 grand crus. This isn’t an immediate wine, rather it is a Burgundy that challenges all of the senses with sublime understated personality. Time spent with the wine is immensely rewarding, as the Chambertin is constantly changing in the glass, challenging the taster to keep up with its sheer pedigree. This is all nuance and class. I also tasted the 2010 from barrel, and it was beyond profound. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2039. This was my first opportunity to taste the 2009s from Domaine Leroy in bottle. Lalou Bize-Leroy was among the first, if not the first, to bottle her 2009s, so she naturally wanted to give the wines some time to recover before showing them. The wines are stunning. Readers who have an opportunity to taste them should not hesitate. As always, the style is one of textural richness and depth, but the2009s appear to have excellent underlying material as well. The attention to every detail at the Domaine is quite evident in these thrilling wines. My visit ended with a sample of the 2010 Chambertin from barrel. Why not go straight to the top? If that wine is representative of the year, Leroy fans will have another superb vintage to look forward to, although yields will be lower than the already minuscule production. Importer: Martine’s Wines. Novato, CA; tel. (415) 883-040

Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 29 September 2011

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