En Primeur | Benjamin Leroux

Ben Leroux created his own label in 2013, comprising an 8 hectare domaine and around 20 hectares of purchased grapes from some of the most exciting appellations in the Cote d’Or. His pedigree is of the highest order; following internships at some of the greatest estates around the world, he was responsible for the famous Pommard estate, Comte Armand, for 15 years, overseeing a roll call of exceptional vintages. For the negoce wines his policy is to buy grapes rather than juice or wine and insists on having a hand in the vineyards, so that the fruit meets his exacting standards. He sits at the very top of the group of young stellar winemakers changing the face of négociant wines in Burgundy.

Vintage
 

2020 Vougeot Clos du Village Benjamin Leroux

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  • Goedhuis, December 2021

    This is such a lovely lieu-dit on the border of Chambolle Musigny. There are just 3 hectares of village wine in Vougeot, of which Clos du Village is one, making this wine even more special. Brilliant purple colour, it has a sweetness of raspberries. This is a tender, gentle style, with graceful juicy fruit and a touch of dark chocolate on the finish. Succulent and exciting.

  • Neal Martin, December 2021, Score: 89-91

    The 2020 Vougeot Clos de Village has a pretty, tertiary nose that unfolds nicely with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded tannins, brown spices infusing the red berry fruit, though it needs a little more tension on the finish.

  • Burghound, April 2022, Score: 87-90

    Pretty floral wisps add a touch of elegance to the earthy, ripe and fresh blend of both red and dark currant. The delicious and attractively energetic middle weight flavors are refreshing and balanced though not particularly complex. Drink 2025+

  • Matthew Jukes, January 2022, Score: 17.5

    Pure, bright and easy to both understand and enjoy, this is a classic Leroux style, and it is harmonious, soothing and delicately juicy. Great value and forward, too, this is a cunning buy and one which will bring melodic flavours and engaging drinking early in its life.

  • Jasper Morris MW, Janaury 2022, Score: 89-92

    Bright but not exceptionally intense purple colour. This is discreet on the nose, takes its time to come out, but it builds very well at the back, softer than sometimes, well balanced tannins, not too much acidity.

2020 Chambolle Musigny Benjamin Leroux

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  • Goedhuis, December 2021

    The selection of very old vines for this cuvée made it perfect to use a large proportion of whole clusters during the vinification. At 70% this wine has all the “matière” to support the stalks. Firm dark fruit flavours, a touch of graphite and spice, this is quite a serious styled Chambolle focusing a little more on muscle and power than in some years. A wine to age.

  • Burghound, April 2022, Score: 89-91

    An exuberantly spicy and layered nose speaks mostly of ripe black pinot fruit that is also trimmed in pretty floral wisps. The delicious medium-bodied flavors possess both good verve and fine delineation on the lightly stony, dusty and chalky finale that is presently somewhat youthfully austere. This should reward a few years of cellaring and ultimately make for a fine Chambolle villages. Outstanding. Drink 2026+

  • Matthew Jukes, January 2022, Score: 17.5

    This is a lovely wine and there is a lovely floral nose, fine mid-palate and also some surprisingly grainy tannins on the finish, too. This will guard the wine well for a good four or five years, and by then, it will look nice and controlled.

  • Jasper Morris MW, January 2022, Score: 90-93

    Sourced from Les Athets, Véroilles and young vine 1er cru Chatelots, one third whole bunch. Very pretty unexaggerated purple. This has not yet been racked so the bouquet is less prominent. Rose buds and violets, then a pretty and suave red fruit, still with the roses, a very stylish Chambolle not showing any drought at all. Remarkably long finish. A strong four stars.

2020 Vosne Romanée Benjamin Leroux

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  • Goedhuis, December 2021

    Sourced from 5 different locations in the village. A lovely selection of mulberry, morello cherry and blackberry. Poised between sweet dark fruits and intensity and structure. Focused, with a mass of firm, strong spiced flavours and granular tannins kept perfectly in check by a lively freshness on the finish.

  • Neal Martin, December 2021, Score: 87-89

    The 2020 Vosne-Romanée Village has a slight smudged bouquet, red plum and cassis fruit. The palate is well balanced, the one-third whole bunch lending freshness, though I find its Nuits Saint-Georges counterpart has a touch more precision and charm.

  • Burghound, April 2022, Score: 89-92

    This isn't quite as aromatically fresh as the Chambolle but there are plenty of both spice and floral nuances to render the layered combination of red and dark currant quite attractive. The utterly delicious and generously proportioned medium weight flavors coat the palate with sappy dry extract on the very solidly complex and persistent finale. This firm effort is already very good and if it develops more depth with time in bottle, it could be outstanding. Outstanding. Top value. Drink 2028+

  • Jasper Morris MW, January 2022, Score: 90-93

    From five plots, Jacquines, Rivière, Genavrières, Communes, Maizières Basses. A little lighter in crimson purple and showing a touch of oak now. Quite powerful, not quite so harmonious but note that this has been tasted directly after the sublime Nuits-St-Georges Aux Boudots. Actually, this is a fine and nicely nuanced Vosne-Romanée. 4/5 stars. 93 - 95 points.

2020 Volnay 1er Cru Les Mitans Benjamin Leroux

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  • Goedhuis, December 2021

    Mitans derives from the old French word for middle or centre, aptly for this cru which lies at the foot of the slope just beneath the village, directly in the heart of the appellation. The soil here is fine clay creating a very composed wine. Plenty of earthy, wild bramble fruits. It is deeply structured, with a chewy mouthfeel and will age extremely well.

  • Neal Martin, December 2021, Score: 90-92

    The 2020 Volnay Les Mitans 1er Cru has a generous bouquet with red cherries, blackcurrant and violet aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit, quite spicy with white pepper and clove notes towards the finish. Very fine, but it needs time.

  • Matthew Jukes, January 2022, Score: 17.5

    I like this, and it seems that Ben’s affinity with Volnay continues with this lovely vintage. Floral, layered and classy, this is a more expensive wine, but it is justified with a millefeuille of red and black fruit and a tender texture.

  • Jasper Morris MW, January 2022, Score: 88-91

    From the Ormeau part of Mitans. Very dark colour. Ripe fruit with a sundried element, quite dark fruit for Volnay, but the tannins are ripe and the acidity is lower. Medium density and persistence

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