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1993 Domaine Leroy Volnay Santenots 1er Cru

  • 93 WA
  • 96 WS
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 79451-1993-750

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  • Rating: 95

    Stunningly rich and complex, still primary red and black fruit aromas lead to rich, full-bodied, deep, almost painfully intense flavors that simply ooze breed and class and the length of this simply goes on and on. This has to be one of the, indeed perhaps even |the| greatest Leroy Santenots ever produced and this is indisputably of grand cru quality. There is of course impressive size, distinction and richness but this has an emotional component to it as well and that rare quality where it's not even necessary to drink this to be wowed as the sheer complexity of the nose is nothing short of dazzling. This should age effortlessly for years and this will see its 30th birthday and still be in fine form.
    Author: Allen Meadows
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    The extraordinary Volnay Santenots is a black/purple-colored wine with humongous levels of fruit, full body, and fabulous purity and presence in the mouth. There is some tannin, but as in all Leroy's 1993s, it is sweet and ripe. If you can resist it, give this wine 5-6 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25+ years. When I traveled through Burgundy, it appeared Lalou Bize-Leroy may have as many critics as I do. Some producers accuse her of adding |Alicante| to her wines because she obtains such a deep color. Others claim she is hiding hundreds of cases of grand crus in another cellar since her yields cannot |possibly be so low.| Of course all of this is nonsense, not to mention appallingly jealous behavior from producers who are scared to death that other growers might decide to follow in Lalou's footsteps. For now, Bize-Leroy stands at the top of the Burgundy pyramid, alone both literally and figuratively in her pursuit of the finest Burgundy can produce. I will keep my tasting notes brief, recognizing that in this situation it is almost criminal to try and describe wines that may be the greatest red Burgundies I will taste in my life. As even the immodest Lalou Bize-Leroy says, these wines are |an accident of nature.| Tasting them, with their extraordinary ripeness, unctuosity, and opulence, with no hard tannin to be found, makes one think that 1993 was a completely different vintage for Domaine Leroy than it was for other Burgundians. Yes, Mama, low yields do translate into physiologically ripe fruit, concentrated wines, and exquisite quality. It goes without saying that everything in this cellar was aged in 100% new French oak (you cannot detect any oak in the wines because of their concentration), and bottled without fining or filtration - as usual.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    Like great sex: exciting at first and relaxing in the end. Full-bodied and very voluptuous, boasting loads of berry, smoky, chocolate character. Full, velvety tannins and a long finish. 97 cases made.
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  • "Domaine Leroy is a welcome reminder of the difference between the very good and the great." - Michel Bettane, Vins de France


    Created in 1988 with the purchase of the 12-hectare Domaine Charles Noëllat in Vosne-Romanée, Domaine Leroy has become one of the most impressive and vaunted properties in Burgundy. Cultivation follows strict biodynamic parameters and the combination of old vine preservation and ultra-low yields produces fruit of unrivaled excellence. The resultant wines are masterpieces of purity, intensity and layered subtlety enhanced by an uncommonly statuesque concentration. The spectacular reviews that these wines consistently receive attest to their incredible and solid quality—they are a lynchpin in any Burgundy enthusiast's collection.

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    Burgundy is home to some of the greatest and most expensive wines in the world. Stretching from Auxerre in the north to Lyon in the south, the region's most famous section is the limestone-rich Côte d'Or. Vineyards in Burgundy are classified according to their locations on the hillsides. Only 2% of total production is from grand cru sites, while premier cru and village-level wines are more common. It is rare for one domaine to own an entire vineyard; rather the land has been divided down to individual rows, in some cases as a result of inheritance laws. While other varieties can be found in Burgundy, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reign supreme. The best examples are capable of aging for 15 years or more, a rarity for these two varieties, making them highly valuable. 

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 40 bottles owned
    • 15 collectors