Domaine Leroy   Vosne les Brulees

1996 Vosne les Brulees

By Domaine Leroy

1996 Vosne les Brulees from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

The year of 1996 stands as a beacon for Burgundy enthusiasts, marked by an exceptionally graceful maturation period that graced its Pinot Noir with a capacity for longevity that few vintages can claim to emulate. Amidst this celebrated year, the 1996 Vosne les Brulees from Domaine Leroy distinguishes itself with a delicate poise that commands respect and admiration.


A Redolent Reminder of Climatic Serendipity

The 1996 Burgundian harvest unfurled under auspicious conditions, with a cooler summer followed by a warm September granting the vines a reprieve to mature at a leisurely pace. This has lent the 1996 Vosne les Brulees from Domaine Leroy a distinctive aromatic maturity; one that has evolved over decades with the finesse only found in such rarified climes. As investors seek out the crème de la crème of vintage wines, the significance of climatic serendipity in sculpting this sophisticated nectar positions it as an enticing prospect.


Distinctive Yet Classical: A Toast to Terroir

The spellbinding terroir of Vosne-Romanée is no stranger to producing wines of captivating complexity, and the 1996 Vosne les Brulees is no deviation. What sets it apart is how the typical full-bodied strength is here interlaced with an almost ethereal elegance—a tessellation of dark berry fruits against a backdrop of refined tannins and seasoned oak nuance. It captures the hallmark characteristics of both Domaine Leroy and its cherished parcel of land, yet bears the distinctive signature of the '96 season's gentle touch.

In this sublime iteration, investment-wise sophistication meets sensory indulgence, as Domaine Leroy’s usual intensity melds into something more cerebral, yet ever so inviting. The 1996 Vosne les Brulees offers not just a taste, but an olfactory journey back to a climatic idyll which many seasoned connoisseurs deem amongst one of the most illustrious periods for Burgundy's oenological narrative.

Conclusively, the 1996 Vosne les Brulees from Domaine Leroy stands as a testament to winemaking mastery converging with benevolent seasons. It embodies an opportune wine investment that appreciates not only in value but also in character—a vintage to be treasured by both collectors and vinous historians alike.

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This dark-colored wine offers fresh and sweet berries, dried fruits, and intense grilled oak aromas. This highly-concentrated, extracted, fresh, juicy, medium-to-full-bodied, and extremely elegant wine offers ripe cherries that seemingly burst on the palate. It is extremely complex, harmonious, and persistent, gorgeously supple, silky, and sexy. It should be at its best between 2003 and 2010. 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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