- Benjamin Leroux
- Pinot Noir
- 2021 - 2029
- Case size
- Available Now
Goedhuis, November 2018
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 cuvée to David a few years ago. We haven’t let it out of our sights since. The 2017 has a translucent, brilliant quality to its red fruit flavour, with expressive and crystalline notes of cherries and redcurrants. There is excellent balance and energy here.
Neal Martin, January 2019,
The 2017 Vougeot Clos du Villages has a slightly disjointed bouquet at first, but it melds together in the glass, coming across quite tertiary in style. It smells like there is whole bunches here, but Leroux assured me there is none. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, silky-smooth texture and a sorbet-like finish that you could run away and drink right now. Very fine. 2021 - 2032
Burghound, April 2019,
There is just enough reduction present to push the underlying fruit to the background. Otherwise there is a chiseled mouth feel to the highly energetic lighter weight flavors that terminate in a linear if somewhat lean finish that offers reasonably good complexity. It's hard to say whether this will flesh out but if it does this could be quite lovely. Drink 2024+
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.