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1996 Rene Leclerc Griotte Chambertin

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

ITEM 7956935 - Removed from a subterranean wine cellar

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
roshe 2 $140 $280
2 $140
Item Sold Amount Date
I7956935 2 $140 Sep 19, 2021
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RATINGS

91-94The Wine Advocate

This is an impressively extracted, powerful, concentrated, and fabulously balanced wine packed with harmonious layers of red and black fruits. Its formidably long finish reveals spicy new oak flavors and plenty of soft tannins.

91-94Stephen Tanzer

Extravagant aromas of redcurrant, raspberry, tobacco and spice. Downright unctuous in the mouth, like liquid silk. Confectionary but not heavy. Distinctly sensual texture. Finishes very, very long, with suave tannins buried in fruit.

PRODUCER

Rene Leclerc

Rene Leclerc is a 25-acre estate in Gevrey-Chambertin. Rene and his younger brother, Philippe Leclerc, inherited their domains from their father in 1974 and have worked them separately ever since. Today Rene works with his son Francois. The estate has a Grand Cru parcel in Griotte-Chambertin, and Premier Crus in the Gevrey-Chambertin vineyards of La Combe au Moine, Lavaux-Saint-Jacques and Les Champeaux. There are also village crus.

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Griotte-Chambertin

Griotte-Chambertin, sometimes spelled Griottes-Chambertin, is in Robert M. Parker Jr.’s words “a miniscule jewel of a vineyard” at just 6.7 acres. It is located across the road from Clos de Beze and produces only 800 cases of wine a year. The soil is extremely thin but the vineyard has excellent drainage, and wine writers all seem to agree that wines from Griotte-Chambertin are outstanding. Clive Coates writes that “Griotte has a poise and individuality that raises it above all but the very best Charmes.” Principal landholders are Ponsot/Domaine des Chezeaux, 2.23 acres; Rene Leclerc/Domaine des Chezeaux, 1.88 acres; and Joseph Drouhin, 1.33 acres.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir, Grand Cru

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.