- Benjamin Leroux
- Pinot Noir
- 2020 - 2029
- Case size
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Goedhuis, December 2017
Mitans derives from the old French for middle or centre. This cru lies at the foot of the slope just beneath the village proper. The soil here is a fine clay, and the wine is less tannic than some others from the village. It captures the quintessential but ethereal Volnay character of feminine subtlety. The fruit at the centre of the palate is rich and melting, and the tannins have a melodic flow. Quite enchanting.
Neal Martin, December 2017,
The 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Les Mitans, which had not been racked, had a tightly wound, slightly laconic bouquet with straightforward redcurrant and cranberry fruit laced with loamy scents. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy and chalky tannin, the red fruit overtaken by black fruit toward the finish that is Pommard-like in style. Good potential. Cerebral and quite delicious. Drink 2020-2032
Burghound, April 2018,
A discreet application of wood frames the expressive and super-fresh aromas of red berries, plum and violet. The nicely rich and punch medium weight flavors possess a refined mid-palate mouth feel though here too there is a mild edginess to the otherwise lingering finish. I suspect that the edginess will round out with a few years of bottle age. Drink 2023+
Stephen Tanzer, January 2018,
Good bright red. Alluring, tangy aromas of redcurrant, red cherry, rose petal and spices. Lovely sweet, plush, seamless wine in the classic silky style of this premier cru. Finishes with broad but fine-grained, gentle tannins.
Jancis Robinson, November 2017,
Never racked. Not much nose. Light and crunchy fruited with some richness and taffeta-like texture. Dry finish. Drink 2020-2029
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.
A red wine appellation only, wines from Volnay might be considered the most revered of southern Burgundy. They have been celebrated since the 18th century for their delicacy. But they are not fruit forward like those of Beaune or Chorey Lès Beaune nor have the brooding structure of Pommard.Instead, they have superb linearity, focus and poise while sheathed in velvety tannin. This slightly reticent personality comes out even more with a bit of age, though some can be approached very young. There are no grand cru vineyards in Volnay, but there are some excellent premier cru examples including Volnay Les Champans and Volnay Les Caillerets. Chardonnay grown in the shared Santenots vineyard must be labelled as Meursault.