Domaine Rene Leclerc Bourgogne Rouge 2021

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René Leclerc and his son François are a good example of the family character of Burgundy domaines. In recent years, René Leclerc has gradually passed on the winemaking and management of the Domaine to his son, François. The Domaine consists of 12 hectares in and around Gevrey-Chambertin, producing Gevrey-Chambertin Village, Clos Prieur, Lavaux St. Jacques 1er Cru, Champeau 1er Cru, Combe aux Moines 1er Cru and a small amount of Griottes-Chambertin Grand Cru. As with all generational shifts in Burgundy, François also brings personal experience from work in Oregon and his own vision of what his vineyards can achieve. The irrepressible François has put his stamp upon the wines, while still maintaining an acknowledged deference to his father: a reduction in yields in the vineyards, eliminating all new oak in the cellar, and a true non-interventionist approach are all part of the current protocols chez Leclerc.

This is another one of those Burgundies that you have to know what it is to really appreciate it.  All of the Leclerc holdings are within the Gevrey Chambertin Appellation.  Technically, this wine could be labeled as such.  The family has chosen over the years to bottle the fruit from the younger vines as Bourgogne Rouge, rather than make a Gevrey from the young fruit.  The result is a rich wine that displays all of the hallmarks of the region.  The difference is that at some point in the evolution of this and the wine from the older vines, the wine from the older vines would continue to develop for years.  The recommended drinking window for this wine is 5-7 years.  What you get is a lovely early-drinking wine that has the essence of a wine that would command twice the price.    


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