An elegant, pure and very pretty nose combines notes of various white flowers with those of citrus peel and spiced apple. The sleeker, more finely detailed and more mineral-driven if less seductive flavors possess a more sophisticated texture while exhibiting very fine depth and persistence on the chalky finish. Lovely stuff. Drink 2024+
Inviting richness on the nose, light cedary spice but not oaky. Chewy, deep fruited but marked by freshness even in this sunny vintage. Tightly wound on the finish and a really food-friendly wine.
Bright, light yellow. Crushed-stone minerality dominates the nose. Chalky more than fruity on the sappy palate, with surprising acidity lifting and extending the distinctly tactile, somewhat phenolic finish. Quite serious and backward. Leroux noted that this wine is from essentially the same planting of vines as the Embazées but from even higher on the hillside, on soil with a higher limestone content. Interestingly, the pH here is almost identical to that of the Embazées (3.39. vs. 3.41) but the acidity is much higher (4.5, vs. 3.2), which may be at least partly due to the lower crop level here. (13.3% alcohol)
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 white wines of Chassagne Montrachet can be difficult to distinguish from Puligny. At their most typical they are slightly fleshier and more hedonistic, but are often just as mineral and refined making the two almost inseparable. When distinguishable, they offer notes of honeysuckle, lime blossom and honey. Many have become quite approachable when young. It is larger than Puligny with vineyards totalling over 330 hectares. Though it shares both the grand cru vineyards of Le Montrachet and Bâtard Montrachet, it has sole ownership of the miniscule Criots Bâtard Montrachet. Similar to Puligny, Chassagne also grows Pinot Noir, which can be austere when young. A small amount of red Chassagne is also made.