Tasting notes: "Their 2005 Richebourg leads with black raspberry liqueur, crystalized ginger, coconut, and candied violets. In the mouth, a meaty element, enhanced spiciness and a tart yet stewy rhubarb note emerge. To state that the overall impression is fat, full and creamy seems unnecessarily repetitive. But there is much more obvious tannin and new wood (even though it is the same 100%) in evidence than with the wines that proceeded it, and perhaps partly in consequence the formidably long finish is dominated by roasted meats with a sort of dry-rubbed spiciness, the suggestions of fruit more spiritous than fleshy. Still, the sheer intensity displayed is itself remarkable. This would be an amazing wine to revisit, but probably not inside a decade." - David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate
About the winery: Domaine Leroy based in Vosne-Romanee was founded in 1988 by Lalou Bize-Leroy when she bought part of the Domaine Charles Hudelot-Noellat In 1989 along with several holdings of Domaine Philippe Remy. Domaine Leroy has 10 tops Grand Crus in Burgundy (Chambertin/Latricieres-Chambertin /Clos de la Roche /Musigny /Richebourg /Romanée-Saint-Vivant /Clos de Vougeot /Corton-Renardes /Batard Montrachet/Corton-Charlemagne). Some of the Domaine holdings are as small as 0.06ha, which limits production to a few hundred bottles for many of the wines and has helped the prices reach the top echelon in Burgundy. At Domaine Leroy, the estate has been cultivating vines under biodynamic conditions since the beginning, as Lalou Bize-Leroy has always been a firm believer in biodynamic. Their viticulture methods are meticulous and very demanding involving rigorous pruning, replacing each individual dead vine stock with a selection massale from the Domaine's plants. Domaine Leroy produces some of the most exquisite wine among Cotes de Nuits, the high demand for the wine of the domain speaks for itself.
Expert Rating: Wine Advocate: 95/100
Special note: Wax slightly damaged and missing back label.