Domaine du Comte Liger Belair   La Romanee

1995 La Romanee

By Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

1995 La Romanée from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, Burgundy, France

In the firmament of Burgundy's wine constellation, the 1995 La Romanée from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair stands as a celestial body emitting its own unique luminance. As an observer who has noted the individuality bestowed upon each vintage by the whims of nature, I hold in high reverence the tale woven by the 1995's climatic narrative.


An Era Preserved: The Vintage's Legacy

The distinctive attributes of the 1995 vintage encapsulate an era prior to the intensifying effects of climate change in Burgundy. The growing season that year was more traditional, with a cool, wet spring delaying flowering and a summer that arrived bearing a balance of sunshine and showers. This careful cadence allowed for a slower maturation of grapes, leading to harvests imbued with depth and complexity. It is these climatic subtleties that have been gracefully captured in the 1995 La Romanée.


The Connoisseur’s Exploration: A Sensory Journey

Tasting this gem reveals a harmonious interplay between mature notes of sous-bois and lightly worn leather, enlivened by remnants of dark cherry and subtle rose petal. The wine unravels layers of earthy complexity, while a seam of Burgundian minerality runs through its core. Even now, decades after its quiet slumber in cellars, it showcases a vibrancy on the palate—an ode to its impeccable pedigree and storied terroir.

Investment-wise, the 1995 La Romanée from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair is noteworthy for its singular expression within a decade that saw vintages often overshadowed by those of late-season warmth. Recognising this rebirth, with whispers surrounding its evolution from cohorts yet emerging to grace decanters upon one's table, positions it as an intriguing prospect for fine wine connoisseurs and investors alike.

In summation, the 1995 La Romanée is not merely another bottle—it is a historical scribe of Burgundy's oeuvre. As I defer to its essence—a vessel recounting 1995's unique tale— I recognise therein a compelling chapter of viticulture meriting reverence within one's cellar and portfolio.

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Tasted at the La Romanée vertical at Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair. The 1995 La Romanée Grand Cru, here labeled under Comte Liger-Belair, is clearly more mature in color than the 1993 or 1996 vintages that were served either side. However, I appreciate the purity on the nose here, unadulterated Pinot Noir. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, juicy tannin: blood orange and mandarin, a touch of orange zest filtering through on the elegant finish. This is a La Romanée that might lack the intellectual weight, but just wants to give pleasure. Tasted June 2015.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 30 July 2015

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