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 Vintage1996 Label 1 of 11 
TypeRed
ProducerDomaine Leroy (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
Designationn/a
VineyardLes Beaux Monts
CountryFrance
RegionBurgundy
SubRegionCôte de Nuits
AppellationVosne-Romanée 1er Cru

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2005 and 2016 (based on 5 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Domaine Leroy Vosne Romanee Les Beaux Monts on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 94.1 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 27 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by joshbryer on 2/12/2015 flawed bottle: The anticipation for this was unfortunately not met with anything positive. As soon as I poured this and noted the color (brown), I knew it was a done deal. This was completely dead and dumped after the first sniff. (493 views)
 Tasted by Pacalet on 7/20/2013 & rated 94 points: Medium to dark red in color with slight orange rim. Beautiful and deep floral nose with red flowers, violet, lots of spices and very deep. Matching palate that is dense, with great balance, long and persistent finish, a wow wine that is drinking very very well now. (2503 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 7/5/2013 & rated 94 points: Dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; tart cherry, dried cherry nose; delicious, tart cherry, dried cherry, black cherry, spice palate; medium-plus finish 94+ points (732 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 6/6/2013 & rated 93 points: Leroy Dinner (Grace - Chicago IL): Open approx 1 1/2 hours but just decanted right before serving. This surely would have benefited with more air time. Slightly sweet black cherry aromas and flavors with robust, alluring spice. Firm and solid, this needs lots of cellar time. (2826 views)
 Tasted by clayfu on 5/22/2013: Ah the bouquet on this wine, baking spice and baked bread, like opening the door to a bakery mixed in with generous amounts of red fruit. While on the palate, it was initially shy, it opened up about two hours in as the ripe earthy red fruit mixed in with all that cooling acid. The palate is so dense it was almost a bit "choppy" as the concentration of flavor was so powerful. It didn't have the complexity of the 92/95 that I had in the past month as both those were far silkier and balanced. This is still young and brutish. (2554 views)
 Tasted by noppakit s. on 3/15/2013 & rated 97 points: Drink along with 2003 GE : DRC and 1999 NSG Corvees : Prieure Roch.

This set is really great.

Beaumonts shows the beatiful terroir, still has a long way to go with the most powerful in a full-dimensions finished.

I like 1996 Leroy, a classic and great structure.

Drink now - 2045+....96-98/100..... (2892 views)
 Tasted by Biglama on 3/11/2013 & rated 97 points: prachtige neus, er gaat een hele waaier open, kruidig, fruit, aardbei, mooie zachte tonen, smaak is breed en met veel diepgang, verleidelijk, soepel, zacht, mooie volle smaak, alles heerlijk in balans, de wijn klopt helemaal (2384 views)
 Tasted by psmith on 11/23/2012 & rated 93 points: Friday after Thanksgiving II (Palm Beach Gardens, FL): Very spicy – clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon type notes. Red and black fruits, with good balance throughout. Medium bodied. (1759 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 11/23/2012 flawed bottle: Friday after Thanksgiving (FAT) (Palm Beach Gardens FL): Tasting, brief note. Good, but not at the level of other bottles I tried in the past. Came across as somewhat advanced, and ever-so-slightly stewy at the end. Tonight still around a "90 point" wine, but I don't think this bottle was quite right. (2019 views)
 Tasted by Topper on 8/19/2012 & rated 96 points: Started slightly closed on the nose but opened beautifully after just a short time in the glass. Aromatics include red fruits (curants, cherries) well oiled saddle leather, molasses from the hint of new oak and great structure with medium-full body. The poet said it reminded of a carraige ride through the forest after the rain. Great now, even better in five years. (1837 views)
 Tasted by Jeremy Holmes on 11/2/2011: Lightly smoky at first but after a few minutes in the glass it really starts to get up and boogie. It perceptively gains perfume and sweetness with fruits vacillating between red and black. There’s a big hit of aniseed along with freshly grated ginger and some sweet earth. It has a real plush mouthfeel with incredible density and is chewy and has masses of dry extract booting in towards the finish. For its sheer size this wine has remarkable vibrancy, thanks in no small part I suspect to the abundant acidity. A delicious wine that is a joy to drink now but probably another 15 years away from its eventual apogee. (2021 views)
 Tasted by BradE on 9/13/2011: Flighted the 96, 98 and 99 together. The 99 was the class of the trio, but all three are terrific and would be great purchases. The 96 was deep and brooding like many 96's. The 98 was the expected underdog, and while it drank great, I expected more than it delivered. The 99 was classy as expected, and should develop into a very good wine over time. (1947 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 5/10/2011 & rated 95 points: Assessing Burgundy Vintages by Style with Jasper Morris (Bouilland, Burgundy): Seated wine tasting. Dark color. Incredibly floral and perfumed start, classically Leroy. All red fruit on palate with lots of elegant, soft tannins and acids that help increase the power and energy to a very long, exciting spicy finish. (2438 views)
 Tasted by Paul S on 12/28/2010 & rated 94 points: Simple Series X: Red Burgs, White Germans and Others (Wo Peng, Macpherson Road): A lovely Burg, and one that was still many years from peak. It was one of the first wines poured and it kept changing in the glass, taking on different characteristics each time we came back to it. Lovely nose from the get-go, with lush scents of sweet dark berries and cherries, stewed herbal notes, earthy mushroomy tones and drifting spice notes wafting out of the glass. With time, some meaty tripe notes started emerging alongside a touch of vanillin. By the very last pour, the herbal notes faded and the meatiness came to the fore. We all guessed it was a Vosne 1er Cru at the very start, but the Leroy-ness only really started coming out more and more with time. The palate, for instance, was quite a bit leaner than the nose would suggest at first. Impeccably balanced, with ripe, slightly toasty dark fruit wed to lush if not exactly fresh acidity and fine, slightly powdery but nicely rounded tannins. However, the mid-palate was a little hollow at first, with subtle dark fruit finishing with a little linger of spiciness. With time though, the wine grew to fill up the corners and opened up with nice dark fruit seasoned with typical Vosne spiciness. Another half an hour later, it had taken on a thick umami richness which is telltale Leroy. This had quite a bit of power in the tank actually! Finally, at the very end of the dinner, the wine really stretched out with a nice long tail of smoky bacon bits and fresh orange peel pulling away impressively with juicy and lip-smacking length. I certainly would not have guessed it as a 1996 given the richness of the wine and the soft suppleness of the acid structure. Unlike the Jadot Clos Vougeot though, this was far from peak, there were just too many elements that seemed to need some time to emerge and to integrate. On the day, it was highly impressive, but perhaps more in an intellectual rather than sensual way - I would love to try it again in another 5-6 years or so. (2558 views)
 Tasted by Dbrane on 12/28/2010 & rated 90 points: Simple Old School Dinner (Wo Peng, Macpherson Road): Cork was soaked through and ullage was a bit low for a Leroy. I had to temper my expectations for this and sure enough the first pour did not wow. As with the low-yielding style, the color was ultra opaque and dull and of course very concentrated (but not soupy). Although 1996 is a vintage with high acidity, the sheer extract has masked it away, leaving a well-balanced wine. The palate was saturated with lush black fruits and herbs and true to the terroir, everyone guessed correctly that it was a Vosne. I kept revisiting this over the night and it held up reliably and in fact improved, evolving into hints of orange peel and animale with a grand cru finish. No doubt this has the stuffing to last for a long time but did not provide the wow factor at the moment. Nonetheless an outstanding wine chez Leroy. (2530 views)
 Tasted by GRAPE JUICE on 12/28/2010: Last min Dinner (Wo Peng): Alcohol :: 13%
Quite shy on the nose, I got tea leaves, soy sauce, earth with touch of chalkiness, rustiness and dried fig sweetness that delivered medium scale in aromatic profile as well as on the palate that is fresh, rich, with Umami sappiness, dried tea leaves bitterness and soy sauce all supported firmly by grippy tannin that's remain unevolved, with long mineral finish, very good 1er Cru and would be top 1er cru if this has a little bit more of depth and complexity. The flavor profile is keep changing, evolving and getting more interested but not really gain in weight and depth. Buy - No. (2413 views)
 Tasted by MatthewF on 7/23/2010: Burgundy Dinner with Friends (Bryn Mawr Country Club, IL): Very spicy red cranberry aromatics. Lots of floral too with asian spice and soy notes. Spicy, sweet red fruit on the palate too with a good bit of structure. 2nd most spicy wine in the flight, after the 93. Vibrant acidity and a long gripping finish. Gorgeous. (1859 views)
 Tasted by Dave Dalluge on 3/9/2010 & rated 96 points: Montrachet & more (Drouhin, Jadot, Taittinger CdC, La Tache, Vogue, Leroy ...): Flighting this with the '90 La Tache looked like a pancake in the making, but this more than held its own. The nose delivers an intense melange of red fruit, spice, earth that struck me as much cleaner than the previous bottle of this I had. Really impressive. On the palate this was really in a good place; mature red fruit coat the palate and there is just enough structure. I found this much better for my tastes than many of the '96s I've tasted (which usually strike me as overly structured), including a previous bottle of this wine. (3042 views)
 Tasted by Siggy on 3/9/2010 & rated 94 points: Tasting Group Dinner - Le Montrachet & Red Burgs (La Belle Vie, Minneapolis): Beautifully expressive, smoky, pungent dark fruit on the nose and palate. In typical Leroy fashion, this is bold and ripe yet shows fidelity to its terroir. Asian spices and ripe cherries, with soil/earthy undertones. Nicely structured and balanced. (3124 views)
 Tasted by kenmmm on 6/7/2009 & rated 94 points: NOSE- toast, earth, rasperry; TASTE-- silky smooth, juicy fruit with floral and mineral/earth (2744 views)
 Tasted by PatrikO on 1/12/2009 & rated 94 points: Very nice juice, sweet tobacco perfume scents this bottle. Complex and has not reached it's peak, full bodied in the month and a nice dry after taste of stawberry jam, delicious (2748 views)
 Tasted by Whitman on 11/1/2008 & rated 94 points: Vinamok does Vosne Romanee (Copenhagen, Denmark): Sweet, dense with brown sugar, asphalt and an almost burnt nuance. Powerfull, still young and the oak is evident. A very complex wine with plenty of fruit, especially cherries. Explosive on the long finish. 94+ (3162 views)
 Tasted by dbkitc on 7/14/2008 & rated 90 points: (at Beniot – NYC) Served in terrible stems. Deep ruby color. At first a very reticent nose that was not giving a lot. The bottle seemed flat though I didn’t notice any real flaw. After 60 to 90 minutes, the nose opened – a quite sophisticated mélange of black cherry, leather and spice. The palate stayed rather cool with only mild intensity. A good wine to be sure, but not even close to what was expected. (90) (2764 views)
 Tasted by Dave Dalluge on 9/22/2007: Kitchen Tasting Group Does Beaver Creek – Day Two: How do you follow a pair of La Tache? 1996 Leroy isn't a bad choice. This proved to be delicious. The nose offered an intense melange of red fruit, spice, earth, and an appealing funk that disipated somewhat with time in the glass. Really nice. I found this to be delicious stuff. Probably showing a bit more structure than fruit (typical for 1996s I've had), but delivering enough fruit to capture your attention fully. Balanced. Tannic. Great long finish. I enjoyed this fully, and even tasted it side-by-side with a small pour of the 1991 Leroy Beaux Mont later in the night. The 1996 had the edge, but both were exceptional. (3471 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 8/14/2006 & rated 93 points: Obviously infanticide, but you only live once! This is a pretty good deal for Leroy and always delivers for me. Once it opened up in the decanter after an hour-plus, it was full of bright floral cherry and darker raspberry fruit, full of minerality and a hint of wet earth that meshed well together. Great balance of acidity and medium tannins and vibrant, yet delicate, intensity led to a long finish. Still needs a good deal of time, but it was sure fun to drink now. (3213 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, March/April 1998, IWC Issue #77
(Domaine Leroy Vosne Romanee Les Beaux Monts) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (7/5/2013)
(Domaine Leroy Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts) Dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; tart cherry, dried cherry nose; delicious, tart cherry, dried cherry, black cherry, spice palate; medium-plus finish 94+ points  94 points
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Domaine Leroy

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Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.

Les Beaux Monts

Beaux Monts covers a little over 11 hectares and is further subdivided into Beaux Monts, Les Hautes Beaux Monts, Les Beaux Monts Hauts, and Les Beaux Monts Bas. It borders the grand cru vineyard of Echézeaux, though at a higher altitude. Quality is variable with some wines described as "weedy" and they are typically less dense than wines from lower altitudes. Better examples may have a high-toned perfume. Top producers for Beaux Monts include Domaine Bertagna, Bruno Clavelier, Leroy, Hudelot-Noëllats, Louis Jadot, and Henri Jayer.

Les Beaux Monts in Vosne on weinlagen-info.de

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Burgundy

Les vins de Bourgogne (Bureau interprofessionnel des vins de Bourgogne) (and in English)
Burgundy - The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Cote d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Cote de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Cote de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Cote Chalonnaise and the Maconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Cote d'Or. Also included by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
Burgundy Report |
Les Grands Jours de Bourgogne - na stejné téma od Heleny Baker

Côte de Nuits

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Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru

Vosne Romanée is one of the smallest wine villages in Burgundy The wines possess diverse characteristics, but they can generally considered to have complexity and longevity beyond nearly all other wines in the world. The village has six grand crus: Romanée-Conti, La Romanée, La Tâche, Richebourg, Romanée-Saint-Vivant, and La Grande Rue. While there is monopoly control of four of the six grand crus, the village has at least forty growers sharing its vineyards. The top premier cru includes Les Malconsorts, Cros Parantoux, Les Chaumes, and Clos des Réas.
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