- Benjamin Leroux
- Pinot Noir
- 2022 - 2035
- Case size
- Available Now
Goedhuis, December 2019
Mitans derives from the old French for middle or centre and this cru lies at the foot of the slope just beneath the village proper, in the heart of the appellation. The soil here is fine clay, and the wine is often less tannic than some others from Volnay. This is a favourite of ours, with its juicy flavours of sloes and loganberries. Discreet tannins and a bright crunchy freshness on the finish provide an uplifting sensation.
Burghound, April 2020,
There is a whiff of menthol to the slightly fresher essence of various red berries and a trace of floral nuances. The nicely rich and relatively forward middle weight flavors exude a fine bead of minerality on the lilting, dusty and bitter pit fruit-inflected finish. This mildly austere effort should drink reasonably well young. Drink 2026+
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.