This was perhaps the stand-out wine of a wonderful weekend of wine. I tasted it with Raj Parr and some friends just before the salmon bake at the IPNC. We were left speechless. It’s an almost perfect wine, even though it comes from a vintage that isn’t one of the strongest (although it was better for whites than reds), and it’s a premier, not a grand cru. Whisper it quietly, but Leroy may be even better than the legendary DRC, although I don’t have enough data points to really make this conclusion.
Lalou Bize-Leroy Domaine d’Auvenay Les Folatieres Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru 2004 Burgundy, France
Incredible, dense and mineral with perfectly integrated matchstick reduction. Taut, refiend, yet possessing richness. Mealy with notes of toast and spice, as well as generous fruit. Such lovely complexity, richness, balance and finesse to this wine. 97/100