Three micro climatically diverse parcels one of them rather recently replanted with a Leroy selection massale inform the Leroy 2005 Clos Vougeot. Smoky, meaty aromas and a chalky density, smoky, salty meatiness along with black fruited intensity on the palate are certainly in character for this appellation. This has girth and grip, a monumental structure and layering of meat, fruit, and mineral that lead one to anticipate formidable but glacial aging.
Bright ruby red. Very ripe aromas of black cherry, minerals and licorice. Full, sweet and fat with fruit cant quite match the Richebourg or RSV for floral high tones of sheer complexity but this too possesses a deep core of almost medicinal blackberry, licorice and menthol flavor. Perhaps a bit subdued today but stuffed with material. Finishes very long, with harmonious acids and building tannins.
At this very early stage, this is unusually elegant and refined with a mix of upper register red and dark berry fruit aromas redolent of warm earth, iron, anise and a hint of the sauvage that leads to rich, full and serious bigbodied flavors built like a body builder but its not rustic or crude as the very firm tannins are completely buffered by the buckets of shve that lend a velvety quality to the stunningly complex finish. I dont wish to over use the term but like the Charmes and the Beaux Monts, this is reference standard quality and flat out great. 94 to 97 points, Burghound