Domaine Leroy   Clos de Vougeot

2002 Clos de Vougeot

By Domaine Leroy

2002 Clos de Vougeot from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

The turn of the 21st century saw a multitude of challenges and triumphs for winemakers, but the tenacity of Domaine Leroy has seldom been so eloquently expressed as in their 2002 Clos de Vougeot. With a vintage that called forth a measure of expertise only decades can furnish, this Burgundian jewel reached an apogee, drawing upon a complex interplay between climate and craft.


A Vintage that Speaks: The Rhythms of Nature and Nurture

Burgundy's 2002 growing season was marked by early worries followed by a sigh of relief; cool, wet conditions initially gave way to an Indian summer that bathed the vines in warmth and sunshine at the crucial moments. This confluence of weather ensured that the grapes ripened steadily, endowing them with balance and elegance that burrowed deep into their skins.

The profile of the 2002 Clos de Vougeot from Domaine Leroy is an ode to these rhythms - assertive tannins quietly hum alongside a symphony of ripe berries, undercurrents of earthy truffles, and an ethereal touch of spice that speaks directly to Vougeot's esteemed terroir. This vintage exemplifies the harmony between the kiss of sun and soil—a testament to Leroy's mastery over their cherished parcels.


Investment in Elegance: Patience Rewards the Collector

Decades have seen an evolution in wine investment trends, but classics from producers like Domaine Leroy continue to beckon those who seek to diversify portfolios with finesse. The 2002 Clos de Vougeot has blossomed into a formidable asset worthy of any connoisseur's cellar, promising an evolution that whispers patience. It marks not just a year in Burgundy, but the pinnacle of winemaking alchemy.

In conclusion, this nuanced expression from one of Burgundy's most revered climats offers a narrative that is not only told through its evolved palate but also through its embodiment of exceptional vintage characteristics. It stands proudly as a beacon for investors looking to capture not just the essence of Leroy's vision but an emblematic year where nature and vigneron danced in rare concord. Such storied bottles are deserving of attention from both collectors who cherish provenance and investors seeking long-term allure.

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Madame Leroy fashions her Clos Vougeot from three parcels located at the top, in the middle, and at the bottom of this renowned grand cru. Super-ripe, waxy blackberries are intermingled with spices in its expressive nose. This extremely expansive, generous wine is fresh, pure, and boasts superb tannin. It has exceptional depth, concentration, and complexity. Copious quantities of red and black fruits are intermingled with Asian spices in its nuanced flavor profile. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2018. 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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