Domaine Leroy   Richebourg Grand Cru

1996 Richebourg Grand Cru

By Domaine Leroy

1996 Richebourg Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

Equipped with a seasoned palate and an eye for vinicultural intricacies, I can attest that the 1996 Richebourg Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy is a testament to the vintage’s singularity. In this particular year, Burgundy was graced with climatic benevolence, which has meticulously sculpted the grandeur of Domaine Leroy's offering.


An Esoteric Vintage with Lasting Appeal

The nuance of the 1996 Burgundian season is woven into the very fibre of this grand cru, where a milder spring gave way to a remarkable summer. This climactic sequence imparted a finesse to the wine, one that whispers of a ripe sophistication.

Intoxicating bouquets of black cherries, violets, and earthy spices are elegantly cradled in the wine’s olfactory embrace—a velvety prelude to the depth soon to unfold. A sip reveals a dense core of fruit, still vibrant after these years; layers peel back to reveal haunting undertones of damp forest floor and truffles. The tannins have matured into silk, guiding each nuance towards a finish that lingers with purposeful poise.


The Embodiment of Investment-Worthy Terroir

In my decades enveloped in vinous endeavours, true gems like the 1996 Richebourg Grand Cru articulate why Domaine Leroy commands attention from both connoisseurs and investors. The impeccable balance and structure seen in this particular vintage speak volumes about its longevity and promise further complexity with age—a vital criterion for any judicious investment.

Fine wine enthusiasts seeking quintessential Burgundy expressions would be remiss to overlook the compelling character imbued within this renowned parcel of Richebourg Grand Cru. With each taste a journey through time and terroir, the 1996 release from Domaine Leroy stands as one of those exceptional vintages that can fortify the nucleus of a discerning collection.

In summing up this historical vintage, one recognises the unique climatic idiosyncrasies of 1996 that coalesced under Domaine Leroy's masterful husbandry to yield a wine whose narrative is as captivating as its palate—one that will no doubt continue to flourish in both bottle and investment portfolio.

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The sweet perfume, talcum powder, and cherry juice-scented 1996 Richebourg has a dark ruby/purple color. This extraordinary wine has a full body, immense richness, and a classy, powerful, satin-textured core of red currants, black cherries, spices, and blackberries. It is highly-structured and has copious tannins, yet they are enveloped in dense, thick fruit. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2015.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 27 October 2000

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