Chambertin, Domaine Leroy 1993


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Tasting Notes

I don't know whether I seriously misjudged the two prior bottles of the '93 Cham that I have had or whether there is significant bottle variation but the latest bottle (which comes only three years after the last example) was simply head and shoulders above the other two. In fact, I have always wondered why the Chambertin did not seem to be at the stupendously high level of the other Leroy '93s and perhaps it is because this bottle was served side by side with the brilliant '93 Leroy Musigny and while not quite as good, it certainly held its own. As to the wine itself, a fantastically complex and explosive nose of truffles, tea, leather, fresh earth and minerality is followed by delicious, intense and impressively broad-scaled flavors that are austere,, beautifully focused and extremely precise before exploding into a palate staining finish of incredible length. The '93 Chambertin has arrived at a point in its evolution where it could be drunk with pleasure though personally I would be inclined to cellar it for another 3 to 5 years; still, after an hour of air this bottle was singing so if you're in the mood to enjoy this wine, don't hesitate. Three inconsistent notes.

Score: 95Allen Meadows,, May 2010

Score: 91Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (131), October 2000

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