Domaine Leroy   Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

2002 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

By Domaine Leroy

2002 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

In the refined world of Burgundian viticulture, few names resound with the gravitas of Domaine Leroy. The 2002 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy is an eloquent testimony to this legacy, offering a scintillating tableau of complexity and elegance born from a standout vintage in the hallowed precincts of Burgundy.


Pedigree and Provenance: The Foundations of Excellence

It is a well-documented truth that Lalou Bize-Leroy orchestrates vinicultural alchemy at Domaine Leroy. The 2002 vintage, emerging from a year marked by idyllic climatic serendipity, allows the terroir's voice to resonate with crystalline clarity. A long, unwavering ripening period endowed the fruit with impeccable balance, laying the groundwork for a wine investment par excellence.


The Vintage’s Unique Tapestry

The 2002 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy unfolds in the glass with poise and profundity. At first approach, it invites with an intricate bouquet mingling ripe cherries and blackberries with whispers of earthy undergrowth – an aromatic synthesis so compellingly ‘Burgundy’. On the palate, one is struck by its textural finesse – a supple yet firm tannic structure enrobed in layers of red fruit confit and exotic spices.

The season's generosity bestowed upon this wine a certain depth and richness without sacrifcing its quintessential precision; indeed, it is this marriage of power and grace that makes the 2002 vintage not just noteworthy but singular. Notes of truffle and cocoa dust emerge amongst the vibrant red spectrum as it culminates in a sublime finish, marked by tempered acidity and profound length – hallmarks of a wine destined for considerable longevity.

As time marches on, this exceptional offering only delves further into sophistication, securing its position as a cornerstone for connoisseurs and investors alike.


Conclusion: A Testament to Timelessness

At the acme of Burgundy’s vinous hierarchy rests the 2002 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy – a beacon for those who seek to couple their palatal pleasure with prudent investment. Its individual vintage character harmonises proficiency with providence, crafting an experience replete with nuance and narrative that transcends orthodox appraisal. This wine embodies the embodiment of Domaine Leroy's philosophy: precision, passion, and the patient pursuit of perfection.

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The ruby-colored 2002 Clos de La Roche sports an earthy, herbal, black fruit and spice-packed nose. Medium-bodied, deep, and fresh, this structured, somewhat tannic wine offers flavors reminiscent of red cherries, raspberries, and spices. It has lovely purity, concentration, and length. 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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