Domaine Leroy   Clos de Vougeot

1997 Clos de Vougeot

By Domaine Leroy

1997 Clos de Vougeot by Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

Within the realm of Burgundian wines, the 1997 Clos de Vougeot by Domaine Leroy stands as a testament to the year's intrigue and the estate’s celebrated winemaking savoir-faire. As a wine critic with profound respect for the climatic ballet that shapes each vintage, I find the journey of this wine through the annals of time to be nothing short of captivating.


Refined Consistency in an Unpredictable Year

The year 1997 was one marked by an inconsistent climate across Burgundy, testing the mettle of vignerons. It was a growing season that saw spring frosts, a summer of mixed fortunes, and an early harvest. Yet against such adversity, Domaine Leroy crafted a Clos de Vougeot that transcended the vagaries of weather. The resulting elixir reflects not only the resilience of its terroir but also the exemplary care with which Lalou Bize-Leroy tended to her vines.


The Exquisite Balance of Power and Grace

On decanting, this splendid vintage reveals its aged bouquet with tranquil confidence. One is greeted with layers of ripe cherries and blackberries interwoven with whispers of truffle and earthy complexity, nodding to the wine's noble heritage. On the palate, it offers an eminent structure balanced by soft tannins that have mellowed beautifully over time. The Poise and precision characteristic of Domaine Leroy's craftsmanship endures, delivering a finish both long and satisfying.

To savour this 1997 Clos de Vougeot is to appreciate a moment when time, nature, and human artistry aligned to create liquid harmony. Its remarkable composition represents not just a triumphant vignette from Domaine Leroy's storied chronicles but also serves as an exquisite choice for discerning wine investors seeking out singular gems for their collections.


Embracing Complexity: A Vintage Meriting Attention

For collectors and connoisseurs who indulge in fine wine as an investment and a pleasure, the 1997 Clos de Vougeot is a wine that must not be overlooked—its story interlaced with challenges and success produces a drink etched with history's nuances. In the hands of perceptive investors, such bottles offer more than mere gustatory delight; they echo the pulse of their birthyear serendipitously captured beneath the cork.

This offering from Domaine Leroy stands confidently among its peers while embodying an elegance that can only emanate from Clos de Vougeot's hallowed grounds. For those inclined towards wines with grace under pressure, this 1997 vintage represents both a palatial journey and a prudent addition to any portfolio looking to add depth with Burgundy’s illustrious pedigree.

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I was surprised to see a hint of amber on the edge of the otherwise medium-to-dark ruby-colored 1997 Clos de Vougeot. Its opulent full-bodied personality is crammed with sweet red cherries, tar, blackberry jam, juniper berries, and cloves. Its extraordinarily long finish displays copious round, ripe, and supple tannins. Projected maturity: 2006-2010+.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 27 October 2000

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