Domaine Leroy   Richebourg Grand Cru

1997 Richebourg Grand Cru

By Domaine Leroy

1997 Richebourg Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

In the echelons of Burgundian viticulture, the 1997 Richebourg Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy emerges as a tour de force—a vintage which encapsulates the virtues of its storied terroir with eloquent precision. As my reminiscences traverse the decades of Burgundy's offerings, it is evocative vintages such as these that ignite a connoisseur's fervour.


Portrait of a Vintage: 1997 In Retrospect

The growing season of 1997 was characterised by an early spring and precocious warmth, conditions that heralded an early harvest. The benevolent climatic patterns bestowed a particular vivacity upon the fruit, which in turn articulated itself in wines with an early approachability—an attribute highly sought by collectors and investors alike.


Domaine Leroy: A Study in Excellence

Lalou Bize-Leroy’s stewardship of Domaine Leroy rendered the estate one of Burgundy's most venerable. With her commitment to biodynamics pre-dating this vintage, one can affirm that the 1997 Richebourg Grand Cru benefits considerably from such foresight. The estate's dedication to minimal intervention allows the purest expressions of terroir and vintage to resonate in each bottle.

The wine itself manifests an aromatic cornucopia where ripe morello cherries intermingle with undertones of truffle and fine leather—a symphonic prelude that evolves into layers of succulent red fruit on the palate, supported by well-integrated tannins. The finish is prolonged, extending towards an almost ethereal grace. This vintage offers investors a delectable window into a mature Richebourg that remains vibrant yet shows the complexity garnered through years in the cellar.

For savvy investors eyeing a diversification into vinous assets, the 1997 Richebourg Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy represents not only a sterling choice but also provides an oenophilic delight—a harbinger of both financial prudence and sensory indulgence.


In Summation: A Wine of Distinctive Pedigree

As I reflect upon this compelling example from Burgundy, it becomes clear that Domaine Leroy’s 1997 Richebourg Grand Cru is a cornerstone for enthusiasts seeking to expand their collections with aged wines of distinction. Its narrative weaves together an exceptional year, exemplary vineyard practices, and the enduring allure of Domaine Leroy’s craftsmanship—one that will undoubtedly elevate any curated portfolio with its prestige and rarity.

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The medium-to-dark ruby-colored 1997 Richebourg offers a luxurious nose of waxy cherries, plums, hoisin sauce, spices, and fresh herbs. Full-bodied, decadent, and luscious, it is an ample, richly strewn wine with superb structure. Waves of sweet, juicy cherries are interspersed with juniper berries, cloves, vanillin, leather, and raw meat. Projected maturity: 2005-2012+.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 27 October 2000

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