- Benjamin Leroux
- Pinot Noir
- 2024 - 2038
- Case size
- En Primeur
Goedhuis, December 2021
Mitans derives from the old French word for middle or centre, aptly for this cru which lies at the foot of the slope just beneath the village, directly in the heart of the appellation. The soil here is fine clay creating a very composed wine. Plenty of earthy, wild bramble fruits. It is deeply structured, with a chewy mouthfeel and will age extremely well.
Neal Martin, December 2021,
The 2020 Volnay Les Mitans 1er Cru has a generous bouquet with red cherries, blackcurrant and violet aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit, quite spicy with white pepper and clove notes towards the finish. Very fine, but it needs time.
Matthew Jukes, January 2022,
I like this, and it seems that Ben’s affinity with Volnay continues with this lovely vintage. Floral, layered and classy, this is a more expensive wine, but it is justified with a millefeuille of red and black fruit and a tender texture.
Jasper Morris MW, January 2022,
From the Ormeau part of Mitans. Very dark colour. Ripe fruit with a sundried element, quite dark fruit for Volnay, but the tannins are ripe and the acidity is lower. Medium density and persistence
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.