Domaine Leroy   Richebourg Grand Cru

1990 Richebourg Grand Cru

By Domaine Leroy

1990 Richebourg Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

An exquisite monument of vinous artistry, the 1990 Richebourg Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy is a testament to the gifted hands of Lalou Bize-Leroy and the benevolent climatic milieu that presided over Burgundy's 1990 vintage. There exists in the glass a confluence of nature's grace and human mastery, which has been witnessed only a handful of times in the last century.


The Quintessence of Terroir: A Vintage Like No Other

As we examine this particular vintage, one cannot overstate the singular weather patterns that permeated Burgundy in 1990. A mild winter gave way to an early spring, with vines bolstered by ample sunlight. Summer ensued with measured warmth, devoid ofthe commonplace punctuations of extreme heat. This uniformity in climate contributed to the uniform excellence with which the Pinot Noir grapes reached their zenith come harvest.

The 1990 Richebourg Grand Cru effuses a pantheon of was complex aromas - a mélange of ripe red cherries and blackcurrants with an undercurrent of exotic spices and a whisper of fine French oak. Decanting releases subtler notes; violet whispers mingle superbly with earthy truffles and a timeless minerality distinctive to the Richebourg terroir.


A Legendary Partnership: Investing in Historical Vintages

From an investment perspective, one might argue that the wines from Domaine Leroy carry not just an aura of exclusivity but also an unassailable provenance. And within this pantheon, the 1990 Richebourg Grand Cru stands as a towering achievement. Collectors and investors alike seek out these rare bottles, for they are more than simple vessels carrying fine wine – they're custodians of history and expressions of master craft.

In summary, one should approach this Grand Cru as both a privilege and an opportunity. Let us not forget that the 1990 vintage underpins many a stellar performer from the Burgundian archives, yet even amongst such revered company, this Richebourg Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy shines with an unbridled luminosity.

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The magnificent, healthy medium-to-dark ruby-colored 1990 Richebourg has stupendous depth and complexity to its dark fruit-dominated aromas. Soy and hoisin sauces, cherries, and raspberries can be discerned in its deep, medium-to-full-bodied character. This satin-textured wine remains youthfully vibrant and should benefit from additional cellaring. Projected maturity: 2005-2010+.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 27 October 2000

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