Domaine Leroy   Chambolle Les Fremieres

1996 Chambolle Les Fremieres

By Domaine Leroy

1996 Chambolle Les Fremieres from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

Capturing the essence of a bygone era in winemaking, the 1996 Chambolle Les Fremieres from Domaine Leroy stands as a testament to the artistry and reverence for terroir that this storied Burgundian producer upholds. This vintage resonates with connoisseurs and investors alike, who appreciate the exceptional quality and scarcity of such a wine.


Purity and Elegance: The Hallmark of '96

The majestic '96 vintage in Burgundy was shaped by a growing season that deftly balanced warm days with cool nights, converging to create wines with remarkable finesse and aging potential. The Chambolle Les Fremieres from Domaine Leroy benefited immensely from such conditions, manifesting an ethereal bouquet of crushed violets, hinting at the velvety depth one encounters upon tasting.


Investment-Worthy Pedigree

Domaine Leroy's meticulous approach to viticulture, aligning with biodynamic principles long before they became en vogue, is mirrored in the structure of this '96 offering. Investors recognise the inherent value as the wine unravels layers of raspberry and currant nuances intertwined with an exquisite mineral backbone—a hallmark of the Chambolle terroir. Firm yet supple tannins evoke the vintage's capability for longevity.

The uniqueness of the 1996 Chambolle Les Fremieres from Domaine Leroy lies in its distinctive ability to marry power with poise—a sterling characteristic sought after by fine wine investors. The subtleties of the wine promise further maturation potential, thus amplifying its allure within investment portfolios favouring Burgundian classics.

One finds in this '96 vintage an extraordinary balance; a serene confidence that underlines its prestige amidst Domaine Leroy's illustrious lineage. It epitomises the vintage’s attributes while offering an unparalleled insight into the enchantments of mature Burgundy—making it a genuinely investable bottle for collectors who appreciate elegance encapsulated within each virtuous sip.

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This medium-to-dark blue/ruby-colored wine offers an intense nose of violets, sweet cherries, and minerals. On the palate, this succulent, thick, velvety-textured, medium-to-full-bodied, and seductive wine is crammed with candied raspberries, sugar-coated cherries, and stones. Well-focused and pure, it hides its structured character under wave after wave of rich fruit. It should be at its best between 2001 and 2006. Importers: Martine's Wines, Inc., San Rafael, CA; tel (415) 485-1800, and Paterno Imports, Chicago, IL; tel (847) 604-8900.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 30 August 1998

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