Domaine Leroy   Latricieres Chambertin

1996 Latricieres Chambertin

By Domaine Leroy

1996 Latricières-Chambertin from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

The sublime 1996 vintage in Burgundy stands as a testament to the region's capacity to produce wines of profound complexity and distinction. Among the standouts, the 1996 Latricières-Chambertin from Domaine Leroy captures the essence of its terroir with an almost ethereal grace. This is a vintage where seasoned investors and passionate collectors align in their pursuit of Burgundian excellence.


A Vintage That Speaks: The Voice of 1996

The year's climatic conditions provided challenges yet yielded rewards for those with patience and expertise. A cool, extended growing season resulted in a slow maturation of the grapes, with an eventual harvest that coaxed out the depth and intensity characteristic of stellar years. The diligent hands at Domaine Leroy harnessed these circumstances to craft a Latricières-Chambertin that tells a story of meteorological serendipity.


The Essence of the Vintage

In the glass, this exceptional wine invites contemplation with its vibrant ruby hue, hinting at hidden depths yet to be unveiled. A bouquet of black cherry, wild herbs, and subtle earthy undertones rises with an undercurrent of minerality—an homage to its cherished Latricières-Chambertin roots. On the palate, this Pinot Noir unfolds in layers; robust tannins and exquisite acidity dance together in harmony evoking awe with each sip.

Domaine Leroy's philosophy of minimal intervention and biodynamic practices imbues this 1996 offering with a purity that resonates through its structure. Each taste reveals hints of dark fruit compote, licorice, and fine leather which linger long into a finish that bespeaks a wine still brimming with vitality despite its age.

In summation, the 1996 Latricières-Chambertin from Domaine Leroy is a wine that not only encapsulates a moment in time but also possesses the innate ability to evolve gracefully. As it continues to mature, it reaffirms the wisdom in investing in such an enigmatic vintage—a choice emblematic for those who fathom the profound allure woven within the threads of Burgundy’s vinicultural tapestry.

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The dark ruby/purple-colored 1996 Latricieres-Chambertin offers fresh, pure blueberry aromas. This massive, full-bodied wine has stupendous depth, breadth, and length to its blackberry, cherry, and floral character. It is immensely powerful as well as concentrated, and has its vintage's trademark freshness and grip. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2012+.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 27 October 2000

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