Visited Takashimaya in Shinjuku, Tokyo and was told that they have impressive collection, of Leroy. Indeed, all the Leroy you ever wanted, be it old vintages (some) or new vintages (if not full range, I believe they have at least 80% of the Leroy portfolio, from RSV, Richebourg down to Bourgogne even Gigondas and Beaujolais.) as well as Domaine d’Auvenay (Mazis Chambertin, Chevalier Montrachet etc).
They even set a small bar at the corner with a Sommelier to serve wines from Leroy for tasting (80ml per portion based on retail price). The Sommelier told me that the wines vary day by day, he will chose a new one to serve when any of the tasting bottle has sold. From the conversation can feel that he is very honor to in-charge for Leroy and he certainly enjoy his job!
The have totally 4wines on that day and I have chosen the 2007 Maison Leroy NSG (80ml for $20bucks which I think is reasonable in Japan) just for the sake of drinking, having tasted the 2007 Maison Leroy MSD 1er Cru Clos des Ormes which was disappointed, thus didn’t expect much from the NSG but, turned out to be surprisingly good!
The rest of the wines from the list on that day:
- 2007 Maison Leroy Aligote (80ml, $10)
- 200x Domaine Leroy Auxey-Duresses (80ml, $60)
- 2007 Maison Leroy NSG (80ml, $20)
- 2008 Domaine Leroy Vosne-Romanée “Aux Genaivrières” (80ml, $90!)
After I orderd the NSG and visit the list again, only realize the bottom of the list stated all 4wines, 40ml for $100………..
2007 Maison Leroy Nuits St. Georges (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges)
- Open for a day. Surprisingly this was tasted to well and I thought this was a better wine to the MSD 1er 2007 that I had few months ago! Perfume floral nose with some ripe fruits, wood and hint of earthiness. Soft but not thin, good concentration on the mid palate with wood spices and ripe fruits. very long persistent mineral finish. drinking well now and very good for a 2007 red.
Tasting note for the MSD 1er Cru:
2007 Maison Leroy Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Clos des Ormes (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis 1er Cru)
- Alcohol : 13%
Tasted Blind. Deep seductive nose of raspberry, red Pinot fruits with vanllin oak and core ripe acidity. The palate is not up to par with the nose which is slight austere entry with good acidity and fine grained tannins with good dry extract with persistent long finish that is little dusty with hint of alcohol peak out. Overall complexity and depth is not really there and also not so refine. What I really like is the freshness and vibrancy, which is lovely. This is something between new and old world I guess. Everyone is shocked when TM disclose the identity and common comments were : definitely not worth the price tag. However, it is really interesting on how will this age and perform, perhaps in another 5-10yrs.
At the end of the day, he let me tasted the 2008 Beaujolais (750ml, $30) which I thought was really good.
I also visited Takashimaya in Namba, Osaka of which the wine collection is even bigger, and more complete (DRC, Leroy, Bordeaux first growth, Petrus, Ausone and many more!) than the one in Tokyo. OMG! Lucky enough, Leroy was served as sample tasting, FOC in there! No detailed note taken though (served by plastic cup which I didn’t bother to nose it)
- 2001 Maison Leroy Savigny Les Beaune Blanc – Citrusy, quite sharp acidity with traces of alcohol heat. Not really enjoyed this, maybe because of the plastic cup?
- 2007 Maison Leroy Gevrey Chambertin – Good mid palate weight and freshness, with a bit more touch of wood infused than the NSG. Decent medium length finish.
- 2005 Maison Leroy Gigondas – Had this last year which we thought this was quite good. Burgundy in style, an elegant expression of Gigondas with some wild factor.