This is a rich, robust, darkly colored, full-bodied wine with excellent extract and potential. The Combe aux Moines is clearly one of the great wines of this vintage. It is very concentrated, dense, and powerful, and has a huge finish.
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.
Côte de Nuits is the northern part of the Côte d’Or and it includes the most famous vineyards and wine communes in the world. There are more Grand Cru appellations in the Côte de Nuits than anywhere else in Burgundy. Of the fourteen communes, or villages in the Côte de Nuits, six produce Grand Cru wines. They are Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-St.-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Flagey-Échezeaux and Vosne-Romanee. Some of the vineyards within the Côte de Nuits are tiny, which adds to their prestige. The fabled Grand Cru vineyard La Romanee is barely two square acres. Altogether there are twenty-four Grand Cru vineyards. The region takes its name from the village of Nuits-Saint-Georges. Côtes de Nuits produces mostly reds from Pinot Noir, and the wines have been in demand for centuries. During the 18th century King Louis XIV’s physician recommended that for his health the king only drink wines from Nuits-Saint-Georges. Like most of Burgundy, the soils of the Côte de Nuit can vary greatly from one vineyard to another, though most are a base soil of limestone mixed with clay, gravel and sand.
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.