Domaine Leroy   Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

1996 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

By Domaine Leroy

1996 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

In the annals of Burgundy's storied past, the 1996 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy holds a special place amongst connoisseurs and fine wine investors alike. This was a year that presented its fair share of challenges; yet, through judicious vineyard management and an unflagging pursuit of excellence, Domaine Leroy succeeded in producing a vintage with a remarkable display of depth and longevity.


Complexity and Finesse: A Vintage Defined

The year 1996 in Burgundy was marked by climatic capriciousness, yet it culminated in wines demonstrating a sensational balance of ripe fruit and vital acidity – attributes that savvy collectors covet for long-term cellaring. As one unfolds the layers of the 1996 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, one encounters an aromatic kaleidoscope – dark cherry interplaying with hints of truffle and sous-bois, an impressive testament to its terroir.


A Harmony between Elegance and Structure

The impeccable pedigree of Domaine Leroy is evident in the wine's structure. Firm, yet refined tannins provide a scaffold upon which this Pinot Noir articulates its complexity – a juxtaposition of power and grace rarely achieved outside the hallowed grounds of Burgundy’s Grand Crus. Twenty-five years on, this wine confidently strides across the palate with an assured maturity, still exuding vibrancy with a lengthy, hauntingly elegant finish.

A discerning investment for collectors, this vintage stands as one of the pinnacles in Domaine Leroy's illustrious lineage. The 1996 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru is a textured tapestry woven with Burgundian expertise—a vintage that not only transcends its initial promise but also continues to unfurl its majesty with each passing year.

In sum, with the 1996 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, one uncorks not merely an exceptional wine but a slice of vinous history—a paragon for both seasoned aficionados and astute investors seeking to add remarkable dimensions to their portfolios.

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The dark ruby/purple-colored 1996 Clos de la Roche reveals beguiling aromas of perfume, violets, blackberries, and juniper-smoked bacon. It is medium-to-full-bodied and offers a chewy-textured flavor profile filled with fresh cherries, licorice, raspberries, road tar, and blueberries. It is massively concentrated, intense, powerful, and possesses an amazingly long, pure finish. This complete wine's harmony and extravagant personality is something to savor. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2015+

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 27 October 2000

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