1996 Leroy Chambertin

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Wine Critic Reviews for 1996 Leroy Chambertin

The dark ruby/purple-colored 1996 Chambertin exhibits lively berry and rose aromas. It has huge depth to its tightly wound, closed personality. This medium-to-full-bodied, foursquare and dark fruit-flavored wine will also require patience. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2012+.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 96 RP
Subtle in aroma, exhibiting spice, wild berry and cherry notes. On the palate it's elegant and understated, but firmly structured and vibrant. Nice long finish. Domaine Leroy non-blind tasting (6/08). Best from 2014 through 2055.

Wine Spectator | 96 WS
(Maison & Domaine Leroy Chambertin Grand Cru Red) An elegant, pure and intoxicatingly complex nose offers up a fantastic array of spices and earth/crushed herb undertones that evidence the barest hint of secondary notes that lead to still completely primary and impressively concentrated, indeed even thick flavors that are powerful, focused and astonishingly long. This is quite simply stunning with terrific amounts of dry extract that completely drenches the palate, which is a good thing because this is a firmly structured effort that is still some years away from being ready to go. A Chambertin of finesse. Multiple, and consistent, notes. (Drink starting 2018).

Burghound | 94 BH
Deep ruby-red. Liqueur-like aromas of blackberry, smoke, licorice, spice and earth, Thick, dense and sweet; a wine of uncanny volume and richness but extremely closed today and very hard to taste. Potentially great, but no fun right now.

Vinous Media | 93-96 VM
(Chambertin- Domaine Leroy) The nose on the ’96 Leroy Chambertin is very promising indeed, as the wine soars from the glass in a mélange of roasted meats, dark berries, chocolate, complex soil tones, and toasty oak. If one were to make one complaint it is that the toasty oak is still a bit obtrusive aromatically at the present time, but that may well be absorbed with further bottle age. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nascently complex, with a rock solid mid-palate, fine focus, and excellent length and grip on the tannic finish. There is a bit of dry wood tannin that sticks out on the finish and keeps the score down a bit. If the wine can successfully soak up all the wood, then look for it to move up the ranks. (Drink between 2009-2030).

John Gilman | 91-93+ JG

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Vintage 1996
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Leroy
Rating 96 RP
Region Burgundy: Situated just west of the beautiful river Saone, the hills and valleys of Burgundy stand as they have stood since medieval times, and you can almost hear the cheerful chatter of vineyard workers from miles away. Indeed, France's identity in the world of wine would be incomplete without the inclusion of Burgundy and its many viticultural achievements. Every little sub-region of the area boasts a unique soil composition, which, when combined with the area's climate conditions, creates an incredibly diverse and appealing selection of fine wines. Every new bottle is an adventure of its own, and a snapshot of its birthplace. You could spend years sampling great Burgundian wines, and you would still have a lot to learn, which is what makes the region so compelling for veterans and novice wine lovers alike. No matter what your taste in wines may be, there is a winery in Burgundy that could mesmerize your mind and make your senses scream with joy. And what better way to spend a comfy summer afternoon with your friends and family than with a classy bottle from some of the region's most reputable wineries? From the noble slopes of Cote d'Or to the flatlands near various settlements, let us help you on your journey as we explore Burgundy's most delicious and renowned wines.
Type of Wine Burgundy Red: If you have a craving for some beautiful, mind-expanding Pinot Noir, few regions can match the talent and consistency of Burgundy. The grape almost seems like it evolved for this very region, and its essence will stimulate your senses and arouse your imagination. Drink deep and experience almost spiritual enlightenment.
Varietal Pinot Noir: Pinot Noir is possibly the most versatile red grape when it comes to the ways it's been used over the years. From red wines to sparkling wines and beyond, there aren't many places where you can avoid hearing about it, and for a good reason. It's often easy to spot a bottle of Pinot Noir simply by the pale, translucent color, which transitions into a shade reminiscent of old-timey brickwork, adding a lovely dash of country charm to an already awe-inspiring drink.
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