En Primeur | Benjamin Leroux 2019

After fifteen years as régisseur of Domaine Comte Armand, Benjamin Leroux left his post after the 2013 harvest to pursue his own project full-time. His business is part négociant, part domaine, all marketed under one brand. He tends to buy grapes rather than juice or wine and exercises a guiding hand in the vineyards he buys from so that the fruit meets his exacting standards. He finds himself amongst a clutch of stellar winemakers changing the face of négociant wines in Burgundy. He has a deep understanding of the region, its traditions and its challenges.

My Zoom tasting with Ben was so insightful. This supremely talented vigneron never stands still. Constantly learning and innovating, he is a leader in his field. He does not follow the common policy of cold soaking his grapes before fermentation. He likes his grapes to start a natural fermentation and likens the process to the gentle infusion of a good tea. In his opinion, it was not the heat that most influenced the 2019s, rather the dryness. His throwaway line at the end of our discussion was that 2019s remind him of 2010. High praise indeed!

Please note: due to high demand, online purchases of 2019 Burgundies are limited to 1 case of each wine. For more information please contact your account manager or wine@goedhuis.com

Vintage  

Size Qty Price Price (Inc VAT) Stat

 
2019

Chambolle Musigny Benjamin Leroux

6x75cl 10+ £288.00 EP

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2020

    This is quite an edgy, bright Chambolle with crisp pomegranate and cranberry flavours. Energetic and lively, it is a good mix between sweetness and freshness. Appealing and lots of charm.

2019

Vougeot Clos du Village Benjamin Leroux

6x75cl 10+ £198.00 EP

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2020

    A Goedhuis favourite, and we are fortunate to receive the entire UK allocation of this beautiful cuvée. As so often, this is very Chambolle in style, with enticing red cherry and Victoria plum flavours. Graceful and harmonious, there is a gentle sweetness and crystalline purity to the 2019. The epitome of balance.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, December 2021,
    Score: 86-88

    The 2019 Vougeot Clos de Village has a light, slightly green bouquet, although there are no stems here. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly coarse tannins on the entry, but it coheres toward the finish. A lightweight Vougeot considering the vintage. Just three barrels produced. 2021-2026

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, October 2020,
    Score: 16.5+

    Leroux is a big fan of Vougeot and thinks it deserves more attention. Three barrels. Sold almost only in UK by Goedhuis. ‘On the right after the houses opposite the château.’ Barrel sample. Pale crimson with a blueish hue. Real lift. Lots of round fruit and life. Very pleasing. Drink 2025-2035

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, December 2020,
    Score: 89-92

    Racked and blended. Light to mid crimson purple. Elegant and very classy, certainly ripe, but it’s a dashing fruit of rich cherries and a little touch of grenadine. Long perfumed finish. 4 stars

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2019

Volnay 1er Cru Les Mitans Benjamin Leroux

6x75cl 9 £288.00 EP

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2020

    Mitans derives from the old French for middle or centre and this cru lies at the foot of the slope just beneath the village proper in the heart of the appellation. The soil here is fine clay, and the wine is often less tannic than some others from Volnay. Always a standout wine in Ben’s cellar, this is a gorgeous cuvée with an impression of sloe and damson. Silky, generous and deliciously refined on the finish.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, December 2020,
    Score: 90-92

    The 2019 Volnay Les Mitans 1er Cru has an elegant bouquet of red cherries, crushed strawberry and light crushed rock aromas that become more floral with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine definition, the tiny proportion of whole bunch imparting a soupçon of pepperiness toward the finish. Very fine. 2023-2038

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, October 2020,
    Score: 17

    Just racked to tank. Very transparent crimson. Great delicacy. Real undertow of interest. Broad and sweet with some undergrowth notes underneath. Drink 2025-2038

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