As is often the case, Lalou Bize-Leroy has surprised many with her selections for the annual cellar release this year. Fresh whites from some of the best communes and sites, along with mature and glorious reds from an unlikely and unheralded vintage - 1984. Yes, 1984! Plus there are also a few more reds from 2009 - a vintage celebrated at the time and proving their pedigree now.
These wines are never sent to media and there is scant information ever available on them.
Through tastings arranged earlier this year it was very evident that Leroy remains one step ahead of the pack. If this tasting is anything to go by, those who rang the death-knell over the '84 vintage back in the day may have gone a tad early. Hedonistic Burgundian pleasure awaits the brave.
The 2013 whites are alluring, complex and quite spectacular, really, while the 2009 reds (and '08 Gevrey, for that matter) are ready for drinking.
And the 1984s are a real treat, with any number of Burgundy clichés being applicable - forest floor, undergrowth, truffle nuances etc, etc.
The bad news, if only to highlight the urgency, is that there are only a handful of these wines available so you will need to act fast secure some.