Domaine Leroy   Vosne les Genaivrieres

2008 Vosne les Genaivrieres

By Domaine Leroy

2008 Vosne les Genaivrieres from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

In the glorious tapestry of Burgundian masterpieces, the 2008 Vosne les Genaivrieres from Domaine Leroy emerges as a remarkable expression of time and terroir. This vintage is a tale of triumph over trials - a season marked by early difficulties ultimately leading to wines of astonishing complexity and vitality.


Rarity and refinement in each sip

The growing season of 2008 was cooler than usual in Burgundy, resulting in a longer maturation period that imbues the grapes with concentrated flavors balanced by an extraordinary backbone of acidity. For investors and collectors, this spells a duo coveted for its ageing potential and rarity. The 2008 Vosne les Genaivrieres expressed the vinous wisdom of Domaine Leroy with sultry sophistication.

The wine unveils itself with a seductive bouquet, an intricate dance of ripe berry fruits interlacing with earthy undertones and a whisper of exotic spices unique to this vintage. With each swirl in the glass, one uncovers layers of aromatic nuance - a testament to the meticulous biodynamic cultivation that has etched Domaine Leroy's name in the annals of viticultural excellence.


Climatic alchemy for shrewd investors

The climatic idiosyncrasies of 2008 coerced winemakers into an alchemistic display, deftly turning challenge into opportunity. For admirers of fine Burgundy, the 2008 Vosne les Genaivrieres is a pivotal piece within a diversely-stocked cellar; its poised evolution is both a journey through time and a beacon of investment acumen.

In passing years, where younger vintages may yield their secrets more readily, the 2008 steadfastly becomes more intriguing. Its palate – an ensemble of finessed tannins and elongated finish – makes it one of the most compelling narrators of the Domaine's overarching saga.

As a wine critic dedicated to unearthing gems for astute investors, I find the 2008 vintage from this storied parcel in Vosne-Romanée to be one deserving close attention; sure to captivate discerning palates and forward-looking investors alike with its unfolding splendor.

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The Leroy 2008 Vosne-Romanee Aux Genaivrieres displays exhilarating vivacity; compulsively saliva-inducing salinity; and profound marrow-like richness. Toasted almond, cherry pit, vanilla, and marzipan add allure, and somehow even the confectionary notes here are integrated harmoniously and harnessed to the wines mineral and meat message and its matrix of fresh red fruits. Intriguing, Vosne-typical forest floor shadings emerge on the long, mouthwatering, buoyant, and invigorating finish. Lalou Bize-Leroy reports average 2008 Pinot Noir yields of 13 hectoliters per hectare, almost absurdly tiny even by her singular standards. Malos were a bit later than usual but were finished by summer, and the wines bottled – as usual – in December. Yet – also as usual – if their development was thereby in any way stunted, you certainly won’t detect it in the bottle today! The best of these display a sense of transparency; levity; and – even when rich and head-spinningly complex – a sheer sense of refreshment and invigoration that I have seldom encountered in other great wines from these sister estates. (Please note that my account of the complete 2007 red collection at Leroy was published in issue #189.) Importer: Martine’s Wines. Novato, CA; tel. (415) 883-040

David Schildknecht - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2010

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