Benjamin bought this tiny plot in a deal over some Clos de Vougeot in 2011. What he thought was just a spare part has turned out to be one of his favourite village cuvées, and he says the most consistent performer in his cellar. It was thanks to another stroke of luck that the UK allocation all comes to Goedhuis, after one of Benjamin’s assistants accidentally showed this secret cuvée to David a few years ago. We haven’t let it out of our sights since. The 2016 has a fleshy core of enchanting red fruit and the supple flow of mellifluous tannins.
A pungent nose of wood toast and reduction is tough to read today. Otherwise there is once again very good detail to the attractively textured flavors that deliver much better length on the balanced if youthfully austere finale. Drink 2022+
The 2016 Vougeot Clos du Villages has ample red cherry and crushed strawberry fruit on the nose with candied orange peel and violet aromas behind a small reduction. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, fine acidity, structured not unlike a Morey-Saint-Denis with a focused, saline finish that displays fine tension. This is an unusual Burgundy but a fine one. Drink 2020-2032
Medium red. Very perfumed, ripe scents of strawberry, cherry and spices. A plush, gentle, suave style of wine with a hint of salinity to its red fruit flavors. Finishes broad and persistent, with very fine-grained tannins. This will be bottled by the end of January.
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.
Unlike the other predominant Côte de Nuits appellations, Vougeot's main appellation is its onlygrand cru vineyard, Clos de Vougeot. It is by far the largest grand cru of the area totalling over 50 hectares with over 40 owners rumoured to own vines. As a result, its vineyards run from the flat, clay-dominated valley floor to the well-drained, venerated sloped hillsides suggesting that its quality ending on where it is grown. As a result, it is often the least valued of the grand crus and can offer excellent value, particularly in good vintages where ripeness has been attained.