Domaine Leroy   Vosne les Brulees

2003 Vosne les Brulees

By Domaine Leroy

The 2003 Vosne les Brulees from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy

The 2003 vintage in Burgundy was an anomaly, marked by an unprecedented heatwave that swept across Europe. This climatic peculiarity handed the winemakers a unique set of conditions to work with. The result, particularly for Domaine Leroy, who has always been emblematic in embracing and celebrating the challenges and gifts of nature's tapestry, is a wine that stands as a testament to the resilience of both vine and vintner.


An Exceptional Harvest under Scorched Skies

For those who have followed the intricate ballet of climate and terroir that is Burgundian winemaking, 2003 was an overture to robustness and richness. The wines from this sun-drenched season display a breadth of character unseen in more temperate years. The 2003 Vosne les Brulees from Domaine Leroy showcases a sumptuous richness with layers of complexity that have unfurled beautifully over time.

With two decades of maturity, this elegant nectar has anchored its flamboyant youth into a harmonious blend. The trademark minerality for which Domaine Leroy is renowned now plays in concert with softened tannins and a symphonic range of dark fruit notes accented by hints of spice and earthiness.


A Vintage Worth Your Investment

This wine does not merely reflect a momentary spike in temperature; it encapsulates an entire season distilled into each bottle. Investors keen on curating collections with narratives should look no further than the 2003 Vosne les Brulees from Domaine Leroy. It is a fascinating chapter in the chronicles of Burgundy, one that readily communicates its origin story to those who appreciate both rarity and resilience.

In conclusion, the decision to include the 2003 Vosne les Brulees in one's portfolio is as much about owning a piece of enological history as it is about acquiring a wine that transcends the orthodoxy of cooler-vintage expectations. It promises to be an engaging conversation piece for collectors and a delectable indulgence for connoisseurs seeking a sensory reminder of the year that redefined the limits and potentialities of Burgundian winemaking.

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Fabulous aromas of sweet cherries, clove, cinnamon, flowers, and juniper berries emanate from the glass of the 2003 Vosne-Romanee Aux Brulees. Fruit-forward and surprisingly precocious, its soft, medium to full-bodied character displays red as well as black cherries, notes of bacon, and a slight roasted element. Intensely flavorful and somewhat jammy/pasty, this broad, generous effort is a candidate for drinking over the next 7 years. Represented by Leroy, Inc., San Rafael, CA; tel. 415-457-4811, various importers, including Martine’s Wines, Novato, CA; tel. (415) 883-0400; Stacole Imports, Boca Raton, FL; tel. (800) 741-7791; Lauber Imports, Somerville, NJ; tel. (908) 725-2100; and MacArthur Beverages, Washington, DC; tel. (202) 338-1433

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 28 August 2005

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