Domaine Leroy   Gevrey les Combottes

2006 Gevrey les Combottes

By Domaine Leroy

Current market price

£15,940.00

12x75cl

Highest score

91

POP score

1449.09

Scores and tasting notes

91

Fresh red raspberry and cherry are joined by saline, alkaline, slightly sweaty notes in the nose of the Leroy 2006 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Combottes. This saturates the palate ripe and with impressive cut and freshness, but also considerable bitterness and a more obvious tanninity than in any of the other wines in this collection. Fresh berries and mineral salts combine for a penetrating and impressively sweetly-ripe finish, but right now this wine comes off as just a bit muscle-bound and over-determined in structure for the nature of its fruit. It would be one to revisit in 2010 or 2011. The results achieved by Lalou Bize-Leroy in 2006 are all the more notable in view of the misgivings she expressed early on about this vintage. (And, as her reaction to 2004 demonstrates, she will not shy away from declassifying even her entire production if she feels that the wines are not up to their terroir pedigrees.) As voluptuously rich as are Bize-Leroy's 2006 reds, they preserve the sense of buoyancy and elegance common to so many of the standouts of this vintage, and one's gums will not come away fatigued by the strength of underlying tannin or the near-hyper-concentration displayed by her – to be sure awesome – 2005s. As every year, these wines represent meticulous vine manicure; miniscule yields ("above all regulated by severe pruning, not triage," Bize-Leroy emphasizes); and fidelity to biodynamic methods and metaphysics; and were bottled in the second December following the harvest. Despite their winsomeness, they have long life expectancies. Since, however, I have very little experience of their predecessors as they have matured, I have confined my prognostication to a few isolated and very general comments in the tasting notes that follow. Note that I have included as well under the heading "Leroy" the wines of Madame Bize-Leroy's Domaine d'Auvenay – its cellars located outside Saint-Romain – which now encompass two appellations in red, since inevitably when information is being sought about these wines, and even often when they are described, it is under the name "Leroy." Importer: Martine’s Wines. Novato, CA; tel. (415) 883-040

David Schildknecht - The Wine Advocate, 21 December 2009

Vintage performance