2002 Domaine Leroy Richebourg Grand Cru

SKU #1277165 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2002 Richebourg Grand Cru must surely be Lalou Bize-Leroy's finest wine of the vintage. It has more class than the 2002 Latricières-Chambertin--pure wild strawberry and black truffle on the nose that gathers momentum with each ticking hand of the clock as if to say: "You want more?" Of course you do. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin. There is great depth here as one expects from a Richebourg, not a powerful grand cru because this vintage was all about the nuance and delicacy, but it fans out wondrously on the finish with crushed strawberry and hints of cured meats. Very long, very elegant, very Leroy. This is an absolute treat. Tasted January 2016. (NM)  (3/2016)

96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 As it usually is, this is bigger, richer and more powerful than the RSV with a spicy and earthy black fruit nose and this too is beautifully expressive yet reserved. The powerful, even robust, muscular and intense flavors are thick and oozing with extract of Pinot that completely buffers the considerable tannins on the beautifully long finish. Still very backward, it will require time to completely come into its own but it should be worth the wait!  (1/2004)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark red. Cooler, more perfumed aromas of red cherry, minerals and red licorice. Wonderfully urgent, minerally wine with compelling vibrancy and delineation of flavor. Finishes with terrific power and thrust and explosive length. This is a more vertical wine, while the Romanee-Saint-Vivant is more horizontal. Here, too, Lalou Bize prefers the 2002 to the '99, which she described as a more brutal style. (ST)  (3/2004)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


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Vosne Romanee

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