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Red Burgundy - 2005 - Chambertin - Domaine Leroy

  • Region: Red Burgundy
  • Producer: Domaine Leroy
  • Vintage: 2005
  • Rating: 98
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Tasting Notes

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Domaine Leroy 2005 Chambertin Score: 95-98
Drink: 2025+

Producer note: Lalou Bize-Leroy calls 2005 an "excellent millésime in both colors. There is a harmony to this vintage that speaks of la grande classe and you can feel it in the quality of the tannins, which are refined and very ripe. The level of phenolic ripeness in this vintage is really something yet there is absolutely no sense of surmaturité or heaviness. Overall, including the Bourgogne, we brought in just under 20 hl/ha, which for us is a good yield. Sugars were excellent at between 13 and 13.5% as were the acidities and the post malo pHs were also terrific at around 3.4. Overall, the vintage really has no direct parallel but I suppose it reminds me somewhat of 1996 or perhaps 1999." In contrast to several recent vintages where the wines were bottled very early, Mme Bize told me that they would begin the bottling for the '05s at the end of November so I tasted them just before they were to be racked into 4 barrel groups for the mise.
The Leroy '05s are exceptional by any measure and several of the 1ers are simply incredible and while it's hard to call any wines that sell for the prices that these do bargains, if such a term can be applied to them then it applies to the best of these 1ers, in particular the Beaux Monts and Chambolle Charmes, which are quite simply mind bending. There is no additional review of the 2004s as they were reviewed from bottle in Issue 22. However, I wish to add that a number of subscribers who had tried them here in the US notified me that there was an extreme cloudiness to several of them. In this regard, I can report that I have had the range of Leroy '04s twice now and in neither case did I notice undue cloudiness or lack of commercially acceptable clarity. At the second tasting in November however I did notice that they had shut down substantially since February but again, there was no problem with clarity. (Martine's Wines, Novato, CA; Justerini & Brooks, John Armit, Howard Ripley and Lay & Wheeler, all UK).
Tasting note: A toasty and moderately reduced nose that is sweet yet musky and rather sauvage in character merges into rich, textured and marvelously concentrated flavors that are surprisingly supple on the mid-palate for such a massive constituted wine and in the same vein, the strikingly persistent finish is powerful yet precise and detailed. There is firm tannic spine that is almost invisible due to all of the dry extract. From a structural standpoint, this is reminiscent of the Musigny as it's truly a block of stone at present. Like the best wines here, there is just another dimension to the depth. In sum, this is a great Chambertin and those fortunate to own it can, if they choose, will it to their children as this will easily last for 50 years and may go longer than that.



Bright, deep ruby-red. Wild, highly complex nose offers dark fruits, nuts, meat and underbrush. Suave and silky on entry, then dense and chewy in the middle, with a smoky suggestion of earth. This expands impressively toward the back, finishing with wonderfully fine tannins and great building length. The longest of these wines today, along with the Romanee-Saint-Vivant. And concentrated enough to go on for decades.

-- Stephen Tanzer 95-98 Stephen Tanzer Not Available Mar 2007