Domaine Leroy   Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

2010 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

By Domaine Leroy

2010 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

The heralded 2010 Burgundy vintage thrusts forward with composure and vitality in the embodiment of the 2010 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy. The season's climatic nuances weave their magic into this wine, elevating it in standing amidst its noteworthy predecessors; a tangible narrative of terroir and time.


Exquisite Expression of Terroir

In this distinguished vintage, characterised by a harmonious interplay of sunlit days and cool nights, this Grand Cru has captured the quintessence of its esteemed pedigree. Domaine Leroy, long-recognised for the meticulous guardianship of its vines, ushered forth a creation that mirrors the poised intensity that the Clos de la Roche terroir is capable of presenting.


Vintage Virtuosity in a Glass

The 2010 vintage's challenging beginning concluded with a crescendo of ripening in late summer, bestowing on the wines an imbued concentration. It is this concert of conditions that etches upon the 2010 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru a distinctive identity; laden with complexity and depth, yet maintaining an invigorating vivacity. The palate is regaled with layered dark cherry, earthy truffle, and subtle hints of rose petal – a tapestry delightfully unfurling over time.

With tannins as meticulously woven as fine lace, this Grand Cru balances power and elegance with an air of noble confidence. Formidable now, the astute investor may anticipate its labyrinthine nuances to further unfold over the coming years -- assured that each ensuing sipping will uncover another page of its lore.


Wine Investment Woven with Elegance

In the context of wine investment, the 2010 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy represents not only a culinary artefact but also a promising tangible asset. As maturity graces this vintage with ever more complexity and finesse, its allure to connoisseurs and investors alike continues to ascend.

To conclude, one finds in the 2010 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru an exemplar of viticultural mastery and a poignant illustration of what makes Burgundy's heart beat - all encapsulated in one transcendent sip. It is within bottles such as these that the storied craft of winemaking greets the discerning palate and investor's foresight with aplomb.

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The 2010 Clos de la Roche is just as magnificent from bottle as it was from barrel. Crushed rocks, dark berries, tar and licorice all take shape in the glass. This is an especially rich, voluminous Clos de la Roche endowed with striking power and finesse. Layers of fruit continue to build through to the dramatic, enveloping finish. The Clos de la Roche is yet another highlight among these new releases from Leroy. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2045. Lalou Bize-Leroy is always among the first growers to bottle, as she was once again in 2010. Therefore, I have chosen to present final, in-bottle reviews of the 2010 reds along with the Domaine Leroy and D’Auvenay 2010 whites. All of the wines came in at or near the top of my barrel scores. Thinking back to the day I tasted the 2010s from barrel in a very empty-looking cellar, I am reminded, that, as elsewhere, the already minuscule quantities of these wines was made even smaller by the mercilessly short crop in 2010. Readers who can find the wines should not hesitate. In this vintage, the Leroy wines are deeply marked by terroir. Although I don’t share all of her views, tasting with Lalou Bize-Leroy is always a fascinating experience, as everything she does is informed by the deepest and most total conviction imaginable. There is no more ardent exponent of the most fundamental of all Burgundian values – the concept of terroir – than Lalou Bize-Leroy. Importer: Martine’s Wines. Novato, CA; tel. (415) 883-040

Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 30 August 2012

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