Profile of Domaine Rene Leclerc

Rene and Francois Leclerc are two of the most renowned and respected winemakers in the Burgundian wine mecca of Gevrey-Chambertin, and indeed throughout the entire Côte-d’Or. They are an example of the quintessential father/son winemaking team in Burgundy; passionate, devoted and intent on passing essential knowledge of their unique terroir through the generations. For despite the fact that son Francois has slowly taken more and more responsibility off his father, the ethos of Domaine Rene Leclerc remains unchanged: traditional, terroir-driven reds of great power and elegance that speak of their origins. Both father and son maintain that the magic and vitality of Pinot Noir must take precedence above all else, and so the vinification and aging process is as delicate as possible, to keep the purity of the grape’s fruit at the forefront. Wine lovers searching for a truly authentic representation of Gevrey-Chambertin – in both flavor and style – need look no further.

Domaine Rene Leclerc was founded in 1962 after Rene Leclerc became independent of his father’s Domaine and decided to set out on his own. Initially working out of a neighboring property, Rene built a modern winery on the village’s famous Route de Dijon, in addition to a fine wine store in the center of the village. Since that time, Rene has been fortunate to own some of the finest vineyards in the appellation and is renowned for the age of his vines; typically 50-80 years old. But most importantly, Rene has always been a true Burgundian in the best sense of the word. He and his children have developed an unrivaled understanding of their terroir and spend far more time in the vineyard than in the winery. This hard-work and dedication have more than paid dividends in wines of real elegance and finesse, loved by Burgundy lovers worldwide.

Today, the future direction of this brilliant property increasingly rests with Francois, who has inherited his father’s passion for non-interventionist winemaking and the unwavering devotion to expressing the fruit flavors of Pinot Noir. Indeed, their wine press dates back to 1951 and artificial elements are omitted as much as possible during the fermentation process – in addition, the wines are bottled without any fining or filtration. However, Francois is no conservative, stick-in-the-mud vigneron. Perfecting his craft in the region of Oregon in America’s west coast, he combines the best of new and old-world winemaking techniques to great admiration from the critical world; Leclerc’s wines are much lauded by wine guru Robert Parker. So, with the talents of Francois and Rene (who are always keen to welcome visitors) continuing to drive the fortunes of Domaine Rene Leclerc, the wines are a very dependable bet, even in lesser vintages. This duo simply make great wine year in and year out!

Wines produced

  • Rene Leclerc Bourgogne Rouge

    100% Pinot Noir. Subject to a pre-fermentation cold soak maceration, before fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Only natural yeasts are used. The wine remains in vat for six months before being aged for 1 year in typically 20/25% new French oak. The entry level wine of the property, accessible on release.

  • Rene Leclerc Clos Prieur

    100% Pinot Noir. Subject to a pre-fermentation cold soak maceration, before fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Only natural yeasts are used. The wine remains in vat for six months before being aged for 1 year in typically 20/25% new French oak. Produced from very old, rare vines in the Gevrey-Chambertin appellation.

  • Rene Leclerc Gevrey Chambertin (Village)

    100% Pinot Noir. Subject to a pre-fermentation cold soak maceration, before fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Only natural yeasts are used. The wine remains in vat for six months before being aged for 1 year in typically 20/25% new French oak. A great value introduction to the wines of Gevrey-Chambertin.

  • Rene Leclerc Les Lavaux-St-Jacques (Premier Cru)

    100% Pinot Noir. Subject to a pre-fermentation cold soak maceration, before fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Only natural yeasts are used. The wine remains in vat for six months before being aged for 1 year in typically 20/25% new French oak. A renowned Premier Cru vineyard in the region, the wine is suitable for cellaring.

  • Rene Leclerc Les Champeaux (Premier Cru)

    100% Pinot Noir. Subject to a pre-fermentation cold soak maceration, before fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Only natural yeasts are used. The wine remains in vat for six months before being aged for 1 year in typically 20/25% new French oak. A renowned Premier Cru vineyard in the region, the wine is suitable for cellaring.

  • Leclerc La Combe aux Moines (Premier Cru)

    100% Pinot Noir. Subject to a pre-fermentation cold soak maceration, before fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Only natural yeasts are used. The wine remains in vat for six months before being aged for 1 year in typically 20/25% new French oak. A renowned Premier Cru vineyard in the region, the wine is suitable for cellaring.

  • Leclerc Les Corbeaux (Premier Cru)

    100% Pinot Noir. Subject to a pre-fermentation cold soak maceration, before fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Only natural yeasts are used. The wine remains in vat for six months before being aged for 1 year in typically 20/25% new French oak. A renowned Premier Cru vineyard in the region, the wine is suitable for cellaring.

  • Leclerc Griotte Chambertin (Grand Cru)

    100% Pinot Noir. Subject to a pre-fermentation cold soak maceration, before fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Only natural yeasts are used. The wine remains in vat for six months before being aged for 1 year in approximately 50% new French oak. One of the most renowned Grand Cru vineyards of the appellation, suitable for extended cellaring.

Winery details

Domaine Rene Leclerc

29, Route de Dijon
21220, Gevrey-Chambertin, Burgundy
France
Tel +(33) 0380 58 51 65
Fax +(33) 0380 58 53 72

Appellation
AOC Gevrey-Chambertin
Founded
1962
Area under vine
10 hectares
Age of vines
35 years+
Oak barrel origin
French
Winemaker
Francois Leclerc
Owner
Leclerc family
Production
22,000 bottles
Grape varietals
Pinot Noir

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