Domaine Leroy   Nuits St Georges aux Boudots

1996 Nuits St Georges aux Boudots

By Domaine Leroy

1996 Nuits St Georges aux Boudots from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

In the pantheon of Burgundy's esteemed crus, the 1996 Nuits St Georges aux Boudots from Domaine Leroy stands as a monolith of fine winemaking. It’s a vintage that profoundly encapsulates the harmony between terroir and the alchemy of seasons which makes its provenance not only remarkable but ripe for wine investment scrutiny.


Wine Investment Wisdom: Domaine Leroy and its Liquid Opulence

The stewardship of the fervent Lalou Bize-Leroy has ascended Domaine Leroy to a celestial rank within Burgundy's viticultural hierarchy. The domain's unwavering commitment to biodynamic cultivation and a sparing yield strategy pays dividends in the glass, particularly with the 1996 vintage which stands as testament to the year's cooler conditions and meticulous vineyard tending.


Distinctive Vintage Character: The Nuance of 1996

The vintage of 1996 was marked by a spring frolic of sun and rain in Burgundy, leading to a long, late ripening season. This brooding oscillation of weather conditions culminated in producing wines with vivacious acidity and robust tannins — elements that suggest excellent ageing potential. The 1996 Nuits St Georges aux Boudots from Domaine Leroy, in particular, unfurls in layers; a symphony of poised fruit, underbrush and spice hints that continue to evolve with each passing year.

Even as it matures in bottle, this Pinot Noir exemplifies how grace can flourish under tension. Its bright red cherry essence is chastened by earthy undertones and subtle floral nuances, underscored by an enduring mineral backbone acquired from the chalk-laden grounds beneath "Les Boudots".

The prowess of Domaine Leroy in elevating Pinot Noir to ethereal heights is seldom matched, positioning their 1996 Nuits St Georges aux Boudots as a cornerstone holding for discerning collectors. As we peer through the lens of time, one can only marvel at how this vintage continues to unfold with impeccable precision and depth.


Concluding Vintage Verdict

In summation, the 1996 Nuits St Georges aux Boudots from Domaine Leroy captures an exquisite snapshot of Burgundian finery. The wine's robust structure intertwined with elegant complexity ensures its status as one of the prominent investment-grade wines from the late 20th century. Even after years ensconced within its silken cocoon, it emerges ever more sumptuous — a beacon for those who seek to marry passion with prudence in their wine investment portfolio.

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This light-colored wine is among the finest Nuits to have graced my palate. An amazingly elegant, floral, and blueberry, cherry, stone, chocolate, as well as rose-filled nose warns the palate of the impending pleasures to follow. This full-bodied, velvety-textured, and sublimely proportioned wine offers layer upon layer of candied blackberries, cherries, assorted dried fruits, as well as a seductively supple and lively personality. Even though it comes across as luscious and forward, it has a firm structure that is difficult to perceive through the loads of super-ripe fruit. It should be at its peak between 2004 and 2012. Importers: Martine's Wines, Inc., San Rafael, CA; tel (415) 485-1800, and Paterno Imports, Chicago, IL; tel (847) 604-8900.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 30 August 1998

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