The most northerly of Nuits St Georges’s premiers crus neighbouring Vosne Romanée’s Aux Malconsorts. This is a supreme display of tannin management – they are abundant and yet so fine, providing rich support and savoury structure to the wine’s body of spiced dark fruits.
Here too there is whiff of volatile acidity to the menthol-suffused nose of red and dark cherry, earth and a hint of spice. There is good volume to the delicious and nicely delineated flavors though the finish is slightly lean and a bit clipped. While it's possible that this may just be in a funky stage, it would be fair to describe this as awkward today. Drink 2028+
Not yet racked. Some new oak and some whole bunch. Light, energetic and with lots of drive. Masses of ripe red cherry fruit. Pure and sweet. Long. Drink 2021-2029
Healthy dark red. Strong musky reduction to the aromas of black raspberry and graphite. Dense and thick but vibrant in the mouth, conveying superb sweetness and creaminess to its flavors of dark fruits and bitter chocolate. Here the stem element is subtle and enlivening. Finishes seriously rich and long, with plush tannins. A superb Vosne-side Nuits Saint-Georges in the making.
Following fifteen years as winemaker at Comte Armand, Benjamin Leroux is now amongst an elite band of specialist micro-négociants setting up in the Côte D’Or. Based in Beaune, Benjamin uses his network of contacts to source only the very best fruit and, where he has contracts, likes to advise on vineyard practices to make sure that the raw material is of the highest quality. He makes wines from a broad and diverse selection of appellations, but all show a true connection to their origins.
The second largest town after Beaune, Nuits St. Georges is known for ample wines that have textured tannins and rich fruit. Unlike other famous Côte de Nuits villages, it has no Grand Crus but does have a handful of exceptional premier cru vineyards such as Clos de l'Arlot, Les Pruliers and AuxMurgers. Its wines can be occasionally rustic, and this sets them apart from many of the more northern appellations as well as from the neighbouring Côte de Beaune whose wines (apart from Pommard) tend to be less structured and more fruit forward. This is no doubt due to a slightly increased presence of clay especially on the Primeaux-Prissey area of the appellation. Notable producers include Domaine de l'Arlot, Jean Grivot and Meo-Camuzet.