Domaine Leroy   Nuits St Georges aux Boudots

2007 Nuits St Georges aux Boudots

By Domaine Leroy

2007 Nuits St Georges aux Boudots from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

Amidst the pantheon of Burgundian wizardry, Domaine Leroy’s prowess remains notably profound. The 2007 Nuits St Georges aux Boudots is a testament to this estate's enchantment with the vine, revealing a vintage character that commands attention from investors and connoisseurs alike. In a season punctuated by early warmth followed by cooler, damp weather, the deft handling of such capricious conditions presents a narrative of resilience and mastery.


Elegance and Complexity: A Vintage's Tale

In 2007, the vineyards in Burgundy danced on a tightrope, with vignerons cautiously balancing ripeness against a backdrop of meteorological unpredictability. Domaine Leroy's signature precision shines through in their interpretation of these potentially problematic climatic swings. The resulting harvest bestowed Nuits St Georges aux Boudots with an intricate weave of fruit and tannic finesse that compellingly converses with its terroir.


The Terroir's Whisper: Tasting the 2007 Vintage

Sipping the 2007 Nuits St Georges aux Boudots reveals a palate layered in vibrant red and dark berries, ensconced within hints of earthy notes—a hallmark of the Nuits St Georges appellation—underscored by whispers of spice and subtle oak. The vintage exhibits an elegant structure; its fine-grained tannins speak to the cellar potential despite the initial challenges encountered during the growing season.

A particularly striking feature is the poised acidity that glides like satin through the wine's corpus, suggesting a finesse that is immensely pleasing on the palate. It speaks volumes about Domaine Leroy's capacity to turns nature's adversity into an enological virtue.

In conclusion, 2007 Nuits St Georges aux Boudots from Domaine Leroy emerges as an expressive vintage that tells a riveting tale of its year. Investing in this wine is not simply an acquisition of liquid luxury but also an ownership stake in the chronicle of Burgundy’s rich winemaking history. The intimate dance between climate and terroir embodied within this vintage offers a storied addition to any discerning collection—a narrative woven into every bottle, ready to unfurl upon each tasting.

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Deep cassis and cherry fruit tinged with peat, black tea, leather, and chalk mark the nose and texturally ultra-refined palate impression of the Leroy 2007 Nuits-St.-Georges Les Boudots. Expansively rich and sweetly-fruited, the sheer abundance of this wine’s tannins reveals itself only on a delayed basis, and even then with a persistent sense of envelopment by ripe dark berry concentrates. I miss the sense of mystery or elegance that accrues to the best 2007 Leroy wines, but it, is of course, early days for a Pinot I suspect will merit following for more than a decade and which might well in the process reveal further nuance. 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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