Domaine Leroy   Richebourg Grand Cru

2003 Richebourg Grand Cru

By Domaine Leroy

2003 Richebourg Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

As we turn our palates towards the storied vineyards of Burgundy, the 2003 Richebourg Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy commands attention, a testament to an extraordinary vintage marked by dramatic climatic conditions. The summer of 2003 was among one of the warmest since records began – a scenario that implored the vines to dig deep into the revered terroir of Richebourg to extract every ounce of character.


A Vintage That Speaks Volumes

Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy's estate captures the very essence of Pinot Noir with precision and poise. In 2003, where lesser plots yielded fruit burdened by the scorching sun, Domaine Leroy's old vines stood resilient, presenting grapes that transcended the heatwave's trials. This feat resulted in a limited production not just of Pinot Noir but one of Burgundian alchemy.


Tasting the Terroir's Triumphs

In the glass, this 2003 vintage exhibits an intense ruby hue that alludes to its concentrated nature. One is greeted by a bouquet that masterfully intertwines ripe red berries with undertones of sweet spices and earth. On the palate, there is substantial weight yet a paradoxical elegance – robust tannins are refined and supple, imbued with a mineral-laced vitality that breathes life into their assertive structure.

Savouring each sip reveals layers of complexity; dark cherry and blackcurrant notes dance with hints of licorice and clove, unfurling to a long, harmonious finish. Such depth and harmony speak to an impeccable investment piece for connoisseurs and collectors alike.


The Essence Of An Investment

Exemplary vintages like the 2003 Richebourg Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy are emblematic of Burgundy's peerless capability to express both time and place. As they mature gracefully in carefully curated cellars, they become not only monuments to their vintage but also highly sought-after assets within fine wine investment portfolios. Its rare combination of power and finesse has shaped this wine into one among few emblematic milestones within Burgundy’s vinous tapestry.

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Lalou Bize-Leroy's 2003 Richebourg Grand Cru is drinking exquisitely well, mingling aromas of plums and sweet red berries with notes of raw cocoa, exotic spices, candied peel, burning embers and subtle hints of smoked meats. Full-bodied, rich and expansive, it's a lavish, dramatic wine, defined by a deep and voluminous core of sumptuous fruit that's framed by velvety tannins and ripe but lively acids, concluding with a long and superbly integrated finish. This a striking, dramatic Richebourg that demonstrates the deftness with which Leroy realized all the potential of this extreme vintage.

William Kelley - The Wine Advocate, 16 July 2020

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