Domaine Leroy   Clos de Vougeot

1996 Clos de Vougeot

By Domaine Leroy

1996 Clos de Vougeot from Domaine Leroy, Grand Cru, Burgundy, France

Burgundy connoisseurs hold the 1996 vintages in high regard, and the 1996 Clos de Vougeot from Domaine Leroy illustrates precisely why. Madam Lalou Bize-Leroy has been at the helm steering the estate towards greatness and the '96 vintage is a testament to her meticulous winemaking prowess.


Elegant Evolution: The 1996 Vintage Defined

The season of 1996 was marked by unusual weather patterns, with a late frost followed by a warm summer leading to an extended ripening period that bestowed an exceptional structure coupled with vibrant acidity. The 1996 Clos de Vougeot captures this balance exquisitely, offering a symphony of ripened fruit harmonising with earthier undertones suggestive of the domaine's organic viticulture methods.

In your glass, prepare for a complex bouquet where dark cherries, autumnal forest floor, and subtle spices come to the fore. As you sip, this grand cru beguiles your palate with a rich yet refined body; tannins have softened beautifully over time, yielding an intricate dance between power and elegance.


Investment Potential Unveiled

In terms of wine investment, this particular bottle reflects not just the magic of an outstanding year but the steadfast value repository characteristic of Domaine Leroy's offerings.

With each swirl and sniff, one uncovers layers that tell a story of extraordinary terroir and climatic alchemy. The '96 vintage presents itself as one of the best instances of Clos de Vougeot's ability to age with grace while retaining its complexity and depth.

For investors seeking out singular wines that promise both appreciation in value and sensory delight upon eventual uncorking, this vintage reinforces Domaine Leroy's stature as one of Burgundy's finest producers. Few bottles can claim such a perfect intertwining of providential climatic conditions with winemaking virtuosity as seen in the 1996 Clos de Vougeot from Domaine Leroy.

In summary, whether nestled in a cellar for its investment potential or decanted for a momentous occasion, the '96 stands as a sterling exemplar amidst grand cru vintages—a wine truly deserving of its pedigree and your contemplation.

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The saturated ruby/purple-colored 1996 Clos de Vougeot has profound red cherry, rose, raspberry, and cinnamon aromas. Its medium-to-full-bodied, satin-textured personality is highly structured and youthfully firm. This wine's flavor profile is composed of bright black raspberries, cherries, blackberries, and copious spices. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2012+.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 27 October 2000

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