Domaine Leroy   Latricieres Chambertin

2007 Latricieres Chambertin

By Domaine Leroy

The 2007 Latricières-Chambertin from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy

The illustrious 2007 vintage of Latricières-Chambertin from Domaine Leroy beckons the connoisseur with its subtle symphony of complexity and elegance. As an observer of wines for four decades, it is a pleasure to engage with such a wine that stands as a paragon for the distinguished vineyards of Burgundy, embodying the gentle whispers of its storied earth.


Defining a Vintage: Unveiling the Character

The 2007 growing season in Burgundy was marked by an early onset of spring, challenging vintners to adapt swiftly. It was a year that astutely separated the virtuosos from the rest, forcing a dependence on adroit timing and vigilant canopy management. Steely determination underpinning their prowess, Domaine Leroy transcended these hurdles to bring forth a Latricières-Chambertin of impeccable balance and poise.

The legendary Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy's philosophy intertwines deeply with biodynamic principles, coaxing out a wine that whispers tales of its terroir. This vintage unfurls with an aromatic ballet—precise and delicate notes of black cherries and earthy undertones perform atop the senses.


Ripe for Investment: Acquiring Terrestrial Artefacts

In investment terms, wines such as the 2007 Latricières-Chambertin are treasured artefacts. As Domaine Leroy's yields are parsimoniously low, they imbue each bottle with an enhanced scarcity value—a covetable aspect for investors who seek rarity in their liquid portfolios.

The wine reveals layered complexities over time; fine-grained tannins bind the taste narrative, allowing an entry that is both harmonious and assured. On the palate, vibrant acidity spells longevity, ensuring that this vintage will continue to evolve with grace.

In my seasoned opinion, longevity is paramount in the world of fine wine investment. The 2007 Latricières-Chambertin from Domaine Leroy invites not just immediate enjoyment but promises continued enhancement as the years roll ever onward—a true testament to both its vintage and venerable producer.

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The Leroy 2006 Latricieres Chambertin smells of peat, soy, game, and bloody meat juices, which figure on a palate of compressed intensity. Talk about “blood of the stones” – this seems to epitomize that phrase, although some of the iron-rich, corpuscular, animal variety is flowing through its veins as well. The presence of tart red berry concentrate seems almost incidental in the present context. A sort of sepulchral depth and stony fundament lend this severely palate-staining Pinot an aura of mystery. But it isn’t a charmer, and in its present state one imagines a vampire would find it more enticing than would a normal pinotphile. The sense of awed anticipation – of what this might become in 10-20 years – is its greatest attraction, in which respect, too, it is singular among 2007s. The results Lalou Bize-Leroy achieved in 2006 – as I wrote in my previous red Burgundy report – were especially notable considering the misgivings she expressed early on about that vintage. She appeared more enthusiastic early on about 2007, but in this instance it’s far from merely notable – frankly, it’s utterly improbable – the richness and complexity that the Leroy team has achieved, especially considering that harvesting began here already on August 27! This collection is quite distinctive even from the very few others of its vintage that come even remotely close in quality. These 2007s display a sense of effortless effusiveness, primary juiciness, and – I don’t know how to put this less nebulously – elegance and in the best instances transparency, contrasting with the impressions of tumescent ripeness, coagulation, and new wood veneer that in some vintages accompany the profound richness of Leroy reds. As usual, the wines were all bottled in December, which at least in this vintage seems less difficult to reconcile with their exceptional quality than it does in vintages like 2005 or 2008, when so many of the other top practitioners of red Burgundy emphasize the need for longer elevage. Extremely low yields are of course also a common denominator among Bize-Leroy’s collections, although in the challenging 2007 vintage, she had somewhat more company than usual among fellow-vignerons in the roughly 20 hectoliter-per-hectare range. (And that was bounteous compared with the 13 hectoliters per hectare Bize-Leroy reports having managed in 2008, a vintage from which she did not want to show her bottled wines until June of this year, so that I shall publish notes on them in my follow-up to the present report.) Importer: Martine’s Wines. Novato, CA; tel. (415) 883-0400

David Schildknecht - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2010

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