Domaine Leroy   Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

1997 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

By Domaine Leroy

1997 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

The 1997 vintage from Burgundy is a testament to the finesse that can be achieved by masterful winemaking in challenging climatic years; the 1997 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy is no exception. This particular year, marked by the region's delicate balance between ripeness and hazard, has yielded wines of provocative character, offering a symphony of complexity for connoisseurs and investors alike.


Refined Juxtaposition: The 1997 Vintage Unveiled

Against the backdrop of an unpredictable weather matrix, the 1997 vintage was a canvass where Domaine Leroy proved its mastery. Careful vineyard management and meticulous selection contributed to the production of a wine which captures the very soul of its terroir. The 1997 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru proudly showcases a layered, sumptuous palate – the hallmark of Lalou Bize-Leroy's passionate dedication to biodynamic practices.


Climatic Test, Timeless Expression

Resilient to the climacteric twists, 1997 was a year in Burgundy that tested the mettle of vignerons. The selection process for Clos de la Roche was particularly stringent, leading to a rare concentration in this Grand Cru. One can sense an interplay of ripe red berries and autumnal earthiness nuanced by an underlying structure promising longevity. Indeed, it whispers tales of its unique journey from grape to glass – one shaped as much by nature's whimsy as by human fortitude.

With over two decades in bottle, this wine exhibits a grace that is moving toward its plateau of maturity. Its elaborate dance between vigour and subtlety is characteristic of Domaine Leroy's approach; thus, rendering the 1997 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru not only an oenological treasure but also an astute addition to any sophisticated investment portfolio.


A Connoisseur's Compendium to 1997 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy

In essence, this exceptional wine encapsulates both testament and testimony: it is compelling evidence of the vintage’s potential in the right hands, as well as personal narrative of elegance that viticultural artistry weaves amidst capricious years. Its intricate flavours and notable provenance fetch more than mere appreciation – they incite contemplation and conversation among those fortunate enough to experience it. To sip on the 1997 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy is to partake in a chapter of Burgundy's history that simply cannot be replicated or forgotten.

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The medium-to-dark ruby-colored 1997 Clos de la Roche displays complex blackberry, fresh herb, spice, stone, and jammy strawberry scents. It is magnificently defined yet decadently fashioned, with luxurious layers of cassis, leather, asphalt, blackberries, and violets that coat the palate. Broad, focused, and delineated, it is also highly concentrated and muscular. Projected maturity: 2007-2014.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 27 October 2000

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