Domaine Leroy   Romanee Saint Vivant Grand Cru

1990 Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru

By Domaine Leroy

1990 Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy

In the annals of Burgundian viticulture, luminous names flash their pedigree like rare gems in a crown, yet few shine as resplendently as the 1990 Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy. This vintage lies close to my heart, revealing a chapter when nature conspired to elevate the bounty of the Côte de Nuits to an art form.


The Pinnacle of Pinot Noir: A Benchmark Vintage

The ethereal complexity found in the 1990 Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru is a testament to Lalou Bize-Leroy's unwavering commitment to biodynamic principles long before they became en vogue. The result? A wine that transcends the boundaries of what we understand Pinot Noir can deliver. Drawing from the golden-hued autumns of the late 20th century, its layer upon layer of nuanced grandeur seduces both novices and connoisseurs alike.


A Harmonious Symphony: The 1990 Vintage Qualities

Blessed by an extraordinarily warm summer followed by a dry harvest season in Burgundy, the 1990 vintage birthed wines that offer remarkably concentrated fruit with ample freshness, serving as a biotic canvas for Domaine Leroy's genius. The Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru distills this serendipitous alchemy into a bottle – ripe cherries and blackcurrants intertwine with hints of truffle, violets, and an almost imperceptible caress of oak.

You will be greeted by a symphony of mature tannins and an acidity that pirouettes on the palate with astonishing grace. Crowned with a finish that unwinds in echoes of silk and spice, it caters amply to those bent on patient cellaring or immediate gratification alike.


A Vintage Worthy of Fine Wine Investment

The pedigree of Domaine Leroy in crafting investment-grade wines is unimpeachable, crafting collectibles that have consistently appreciated over time. Its 1990 Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru is a beacon for enthusiasts seeking that exceptional year where provenance meets perfection. With a track record of impressive auction results, it represents not just sensory indulgence but an astute addition to any portfolio.

In sum, navigating the labyrinth of fine wines, one encounters few that echo through time with such clarity as the 1990 Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy. It's an oenological touchstone for Burgundy aficionados and an exponent for those fostering an enduring legacy in the sanctified soil of French viticulture.

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The medium-to-dark ruby-colored 1990 Romanee-St.-Vivant offers beguiling, rich and spicy aromas of red fruits and toasty, vanilla-infused oak. It has a concentrated core of red and black fruits that is nestled in its still youthfully structured personality. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2010+.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 27 October 2000

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