Domaine Leroy   Clos de Vougeot

2010 Clos de Vougeot

By Domaine Leroy

2010 Clos de Vougeot from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

In the annals of fine Burgundian wine, there are few that match the distinction of a 2010 Clos de Vougeot from Domaine Leroy. The year 2010 is narrated by many as one of those vintages where a challenging growing season culminated in wines with undeniable character and memorable expression.

 

Precision and Harmony in a Bottle

The climatic odyssey of 2010 saw a nigh-perfect alignment of the stars for the pinot noir grape, requiring steadfast vineyard management and a winemaker's deft touch. Indeed, Lalou Bize-Leroy demonstrated her consummate precision during this year, harnessing the natural alchemy to bottling an elixir that resonates deeply with connoisseurs. The wine illuminates its noble heritage, giving vowels and consonants to the silent poetry of its terroir.

 

Nature’s Mosaic Rendered through Vinification

Through rigorous selection and vinification, the 2010 vintage has wonderfully encapsulated the quintessential cherries and earthy undertones that typify Clos de Vougeot. Notably, the hallmark structured tannins are present but silk-woven, befitting of both immediate gratification and enduring cellaring potential—a juxtaposition not often achieved with such finesse. As such, it displays an investment potential as impressive as its palate.

This specific vintage is marked by an intensity and yet a refinement that stands as an exemplar for Domaine Leroy’s production. It resonates with a finely tuned balance of robustness and velvet-layered complexity that elevates it amongst peers. Layer upon layer of flavours unfurl on the palate; wild strawberries commingle with subtle hints of truffle and spice, casting an elegantly long shadow on the finish.

In summary, the orchestration displayed in the 2010 Clos de Vougeot from Domaine Leroy is nothing short of harmonious excellence—a vigneron's tribute to a challenging season turned symphony. Its crafting has resulted in a wine ripe for discerning investors to lay claim to a piece of Burgundy’s luminous tapestry.

Current market price

$151,080.00

12x75cl

Highest score

97

POP score

5340

Scores and tasting notes

97

An eye-opening wine, the 2010 Clos Vougeot will make readers reconsider the elegance and finesse that is possible in this highly variable vineyard. Today it is the wine’s length and pure sensuality that impress most. Sweet red berries, mint and flowers are layered into the silky, textured finish. In 2010, the Clos Vougeot is all class. 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

Vintage performance