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Red Burgundy - 2007 - Chambertin - Leroy

  • Region: Red Burgundy
  • Producer: Leroy
  • Vintage: 2007
  • Rating: 97
  • Notes:
    [owc - bottle numbers 259, 260 & 261]
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Tasting Notes

Domaine Leroy
2007
Chambertin
Grand Cru Red 750 ml
Score: 97
Tasted: Apr 01, 2009
Drink: 2022+
Issue: 34
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Producer note: Lalou Bize-Leroy calls 2007 a vintage where "we began picking quite early, at least by normal standards, which is to say on the 28th of August and continued through to the 13th of September. We have very low yields and this enabled the fruit to ripen fully even with a precocious harvest. As always, we did a thorough triage but wound up throwing out relatively little as the only real concern was a certain quantity of unripe berries. Sugars were very good at between 13 and 13.5% and we chaptalized very little. Our net yields were right around 20 hl/ha, which is about the same as the 19 to 20 that we had in 2006 though certainly more than the 15 that we obtained in 2005." Mme Bize, who is usually willing, if only reluctantly, to offer a comparison with older vintages demurred when I asked what other vintages might reasonably compare to 2007, observing simply that "it's different." I found the Leroy 2007 to be among the very best wines of the vintage and the low yields definitely allowed the phenolics to reach a high level of ripeness. 2007, like 2006, is among the more elegant vintages that I have experienced chez Leroy among recent vintages. As I observed last year, those readers who sometimes find the Leroy wines to lack elegance because they are so concentrated, then both the '06s and the '07s should appeal more because they have impressive elegance and display more finesse than certain other, more concentrated, recent vintages, most notably 2005. The Leroy '07s were bottled in December, 2008. (Martine's Wines, www.martineswines.com, Novato, CA; Justerini & Brooks, www.justerini.com, John Armit, www.armit.co.uk, Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, and Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com, all UK).
Tasting note: This is also quite cool and restrained with a notably more complex nose of earth-infused and ripe but ultra refined red berry and black raspberry fruit aromas that are also classy while introducing balanced, refined and mouth coating flavors that possess superb verve and tremendous power and depth yet the transparency and harmony of expression is nothing short of remarkable. As with several of these wines, the amount of sap renders the big tannins almost invisible at present and I very much admire how the minerality remains the focal point of this wine from nose to finish. A wine that will age gracefully for decades.