Domaine Leroy   Romanee Saint Vivant Grand Cru

2002 Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru

By Domaine Leroy

2002 Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

The 2002 vintage in Burgundy was a remarkable year, yielding wines of finesse and structure that have riveted palates globally. Among the standouts, the 2002 Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy commands particular attention for its splendid realisation of the year's potential.


Articulating Terroir with Elegance

The poise and depth of the 2002 Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru are testament to the meticulous vinification and the poised hand of Lalou Bize-Leroy. Domaine Leroy's commitment to biodynamic practices wraps each bottle with a narrative of purity and respect for the delicate nuances of its terroir. The 2002 growing season was favourable, with a relatively dry August and a sunny September allowing for grapes to reach optimal ripeness while maintaining essential acidity – a balance that is astutely captured in this wine.


Distinguishing Features of the 2002 Vintage

This exceptional vintage marries complexity with vitality. On pouring, it reveals a seductive, deep ruby hue with just the whisper of garnet at the rim, implying its graceful maturation. The nose is an orchestrated symphony of sun-warmed cherries, a tapestry interwoven with threads of fresh violets, mushrooms and a subtle hint of sweet spice. As it opens in the glass, hints of truffle and earth emerge – quintessential notes that discerning investors associate with top-tier Burgundian wines.

On the palate, the 2002 Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy continues its articulate expression of place and season: detailed red and black fruit lay atop a frame of refined tannins and integral acidity. It closes with an extensive finish that reassures its stature among collectable Burgundy wines. The vintage's inherent structure suggests continued evolution in bottle - an appealing proposition for investors looking both for pleasure and provenance in their portfolio.

With hints of tertiary complexity now beginning to blossom within its still-youthful exuberance, this bottle presents not just as a sensory delight but also as an investment vessel embodying both rarity and renown.


Concluding Notes on Investment Potential

The 2002 Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru from Domaine Leroy stands as a compelling paragon from an esteemed vintage. For collectors seeking to embellish their cellars with a wine that epitomises elegance and endowment – both sensorial and financial – this particular Grand Cru is an indispensable selection. Balancing immediate gratification with long-term appreciation potential, it affirms the wisdom behind judicious acquisitions in fine wines.

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Herb-laced berries and loads of roses are found in the nose of the 2002 Romanee-St.-Vivant. This extremely elegant, superbly ripe wine is graceful, feminine, and offers superb mouth-feel. This floral, lacy work of art does not bowl over the taster with power, yet does so with nuance and refinement. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2016. Note: This estate’s 2002s are not yet released. The above estimate is based on the prices of the 2001s, taking into account that the dollar has significantly dropped. Importers include: Martine’s Wines, Novato, CA; tel. (415) 883-0400; and Lauber Imports, Somerville, NJ; tel. (908) 725-2100

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2004

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