Domaine Leroy   Romanee Saint Vivant Grand Cru

2000 Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru

By Domaine Leroy

2000 Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

The turn of the millennium heralded a vintage that would inscribe its legend in the annals of Burgundy's history: the 2000 Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy. A vintage that demands adulation, it encapsulates the prowess of its creator, whilst shining a spotlight on the singularity of its birth year.


A Vintage That Commands Attention

In the world of fine wine investment, provenance is key, and Domaine Leroy’s offerings are paragons of this maxim. Blessed with a dexterity that intertwines intensity and finesse, this particular vintage represents the zenith of their winemaking philosophy. Its composition, a tapestry woven from the venerable terroirs of Burgundy, reverberates with complexity.


The 2000 Vintage: A Testament to Terroir and Time

The climatic odyssey of the year 2000, with its capricious nature, ultimately bestowed a character upon this Grand Cru that bewitches the connoisseur. Domaine Leroy navigated through Mother Nature's whims with the elegance of a master seamstress – leaving us with a vinous fabric rich in layered textures.

The 2000 Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru presents a palate where dark berries interlace with whispers of truffle and undergrowth – a symphony accented by mellow tannins and an enduring finish. Akin to a sonnet, each sip punctuates the senses with eloquent expressions of fruit and earth.

In summary, I find this vintage an illustrious beacon for investors who cherish wines with storied origins and impeccable pedigrees. The 2000 Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy is not just another bottle; it’s an artefact that narrates the splendour of its era – an era it has transcended magnificently.

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The boldly spicy, plummy black fruit-filled nose of the 2000 Romanee-St.-Vivant leads to a highly-extracted, intense personality. Medium-bodied as well as uncharacteristically inky, this blackberry and cassis-laden wine suffers somewhat from a rough, woody finish. It is unquestionably outstanding, with loads of roasted black fruits, yet one has to wonder what would have been achieved with a softer hand in vinification. Drink it between 2005 and 2010. Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy liked both the 2000 and 2001 vintages, stating that she was “rather pleased with the 2001s as they will bring lots of joy to those who drink them young” and that the 2000s “are candied fruit, reduction of fruit, the essence of fruit.” Many Burgundians chose to bottle their 2001 early in order to “trap” the fruit in the bottle, but Bize-Leroy beat them all to the punch, having completed the bottling process by early September, 2002. Typically an early bottler, Mme. Bize-Leroy felt that the 2001s would lose their fruit to either oxidation or the required sulfuring if left in the barrel for a longer elevage. Overall, Domaine Leroy’s 2001s are a success, though many were found to reveal stemmy, woody tannin in their finishes. If this characteristic melts away quickly, my scores on those wines will appear overly conservative. Importer: Martine’s Wines, San Raphael, CA; tel. (415) 883-0400

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2003

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