Domaine Leroy   Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

2003 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

By Domaine Leroy

2003 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

The 2003 vintage in Burgundy is a testament to the climatic aberrations and how they sculpt vintages of unexpected allure. The 2003 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy paints a dramatic stroke across the canvas of that sweltering summer's narrative, settling firmly in the minds of fine wine investors and aficionados alike.


Exceptional Adaptation in Torrid Conditions

The scorching heat of the 2003 season presented a formidable challenge, under which lesser vineyards might buckle. Yet, the venerable plots that comprise Domaine Leroy's holdings showed extraordinary resilience, fostering a harvest that juxtaposed ripe, concentrated fruit against an underlying current of poised minerality so characteristic of the finest terroir-driven Burgundies.


Distinctive Qualities of a Resilient Vintage

In this exceptional vintage, the 2003 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru manifests with sumptuous depth and vivacity. Tasting notes reveal an unctuous tapestry of black cherries and dark berries interlaced with warm spices and earthy undertones—a symphony for the senses that underscores Domaine Leroy's unwavering commitment to excellence amidst adversity.

With age, this vintage has found its balance, as tannins mellow and complex secondary characteristics emerge to complement the once boisterous fruit. Indeed, while other vintages may lean towards elegance from their nascent moments, the 2003 after two decades reveals a sophisticated transformation that continues to evolve in the bottle.

This harvest also serves as an intriguing datum point for investors, with its singularity emblematic of both a renowned producer's craftsmanship and the adaptability of Burgundian terroir. As one ponders over potential acquisitions within their portfolio, the enchanting allure of the 2003 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy stands notably amongst peers.

The confluence of extreme weather and Domaine Leroy’s viticultural virtuosity positions this particular vintage as one where enigmatic charm meets an opulent palate. Its journey from fiery birth to graceful maturity is one that commands attention - not only as a sensory indulgence but also as an investment pièce de résistance.

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One of the finest wines produced in this freakish year, the 2003 Clos de la Roche, with its medium to dark ruby color, is also one of the darkest offerings produced at Domaine Leroy in the vintage. Its boisterous aromatics exhibit scents of red cherries, roses, bacon, meat, and violets. Full-bodied and intense, this awesomely deep, ample effort is concentrated, lush, harmonious, and stunningly long in the finish. Crammed with candied dark fruits, it reveals impeccably ripe, sweet tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020. Represented by Leroy, Inc., San Rafael, CA; tel. 415-457-4811, various importers, including Martine’s Wines, Novato, CA; tel. (415) 883-0400; Stacole Imports, Boca Raton, FL; tel. (800) 741-7791; Lauber Imports, Somerville, NJ; tel. (908) 725-2100; and MacArthur Beverages, Washington, DC; tel. (202) 338-1433

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 28 August 2005

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