Philippe Leclerc is principally known in the United States, surely also because Robert Parker has discussed his wines enthusiastically. Parker once called Philippe Leclerc Burgundy's answer to a Hell's Angles gang member. The wine bottles are presented in a round and full shape; the labels and Leclercs wine-brochure are - but that's just a matter of taste - pure bombast. When you open one of his ordinary Bourgogne you find Mounsier Leclerc printed on the cork, leaning with crossed legs and a glass of wine in his hand against a wine press - a realy cool guy. A vinter who likes to show himself - but he can afford it, his wines mostly are excellent.
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 1995
Strawberry red. In the fragrance forest berries and vanilla. In the mouth still much tannin, wood of stalks and good cherry-like fruit, perhaps a bit thin. Tannin and acidity are balanced. Fine Gevery, not so strong, but subtle. Still needs time.
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru La Combeaux Moines 1997
The best climate of Philippe Leclerc. Carmine. In the nose plums, spices and cranberries. In the mouth softer than the previous, not so much tannin (probably typical for the vintage). In the finish tobacco and some black currant.
Bourgogne Les Bons Bâtons 1997
Color of plum juice. In the nose plum and tones of game. In the taste plum, leather, good tannin, good acidity, full fruit. Light sweetness. Very good example for the Appelation Bourgogne. Is worth it!
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux 1998
Dark red. In the nose very intense. Blueberry, caramel, Cassis and pepper. In the mouth plum, tocacco, sitll plenty of tannin, red apple skin. Very good. Is fun already and definitely will even get better during the next years.
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