Domaine Leroy   Corton Renardes

1997 Corton Renardes

By Domaine Leroy

1997 Corton Renardes from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

The 1997 vintage in Burgundy was marked by a somewhat erratic climate, yielding wines that required a deft hand to master. It is in this challenging context that the 1997 Corton Renardes from Domaine Leroy sets itself apart, a beacon of viticultural excellence that accentuates the singular nature of its terroir.


A Testament to Terroir and Talent

Lalou Bize-Leroy's domaine has consistently delivered expressions of Pinot Noir par excellence. Amidst the rigours of the 1997 season, Domaine Leroy's meticulous attention to the expression of terroir is palpable; the resultant wine exhibits a fascinating complexity, indicative of its prestigious Corton Renardes provenance.


The Vintage in The Glass

Tasting the 1997 Corton Renardes today reveals a masterpiece that has embraced maturity with grace. Its nose hints at tertiary aromas: leather and tobacco notes engage harmoniously with a preserved berry character indicative of its youth. On the palate, one senses an elegant maturity; a seamless blend where forest floor and fading fruit meet soft, integrated tannins.

To discerning collectors and investors alike, this wine embodies the acumen necessary to navigate a mercurial vintage successfully. The 1997 Corton Renardes from Domaine Leroy stands as not only a testament to the artisanal craftsmanship but also serves as a study in fine wine investment potential — the kind where allure through rarity and renown commingle flawlessly.


Investment Merits of The Vintage

The niche allure of the 1997 vintage across Burgundy ensures that prominent names like Domaine Leroy command significant interest amongst connoisseurs and investors. While some 1997s remain overlooked, those emerging from Corton Renardes offer both scarcity and pedigree — factors that savvy investors reckon with when adding to their prized collections.

In summary, the 1997 Corton Renardes from Domaine Leroy emerges as an exquisite focal point for both the seasoned connoisseur and astute investor. It represents one of Burgundy’s honourable triumphs over climatic adversity, resulting in a complex yet beautifully poised wine.

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The almost black-colored 1997 Corton-Renardes is even better than when it was tasted a year ago. It boasts a nose filled with sweet black plums and cherries. On the palate, it is ample, full-bodied, and coats the mouth with layers of super-ripe dark fruits, stones, and supple tannins. Projected maturity: 2005-2012.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 27 October 2000

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