- Benjamin Leroux
- Pinot Noir
- 2023 - 2036
- Case size
- Available Now
Neal Martin, Janaury 2019,
The 2017 Volnay Les Mitans 1er Cru has quite a pointed bouquet of dark cherries, light crushed stone aromas and a touch of bergamot. The medium-bodied palate is quite linear and conservative in style, especially for a Volnay, and displays precise tannin. The lithe, supple finish offers a lovely touch of spice. Very fine. 2021 - 2033
Burghound, April 2019,
An elegant and restrained nose features notes of red currant, cherry, forest floor and a pretty if curious whiff of tangerine peel. There is a lovely sense of vibrancy to the well-detailed and refined medium weight flavors that are lilting but punchy, all wrapped in an austere, linear and slightly strict finale. Note that my projected range assumes that this will flesh out with a few years of bottle age.
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.