Domaine Benjamin Leroux

Maison Benjamin Leroux in Beaune was started in 2007 by Benjamin Leroux, one of the most admired young winemakers in Burgundy. Leroux became winemaker and manager at prestigious Domaine Comte Armand starting in 1999, when he was not yet 30, but he wanted his own label. With several investors he started his negociant business by taking over a section of the 19th century Jaboulet-Vercherre winery in Beaune. He owns and leases vineyards, and makes one monopole, Volnay Premier Cru Clos de les Caves. Since Leroux is often working with very small leased parcels, he makes several dozen wines, often ending up with a single barrel of less of particular cuvee. In 2014 he quit his job at Comte Armand. His wines earn compliments from reviewers, including a 2014 Wine Advocate review: “Suffice to say that this is a strong set of wines from a very talented winemaker…whose comprehensive portfolio spans much of Burgundy,(with each wine) translating the leitmotifs of their respective terroirs with style and panache.

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Benjamin Leroux Auxey-Duresses Blanc 2012

Sandwiched between Saint-Romain and Meursault, Auxey-Duresses is one of the high quality off-piste Villages of the Côte de Beaune. Its vineyards below the village abut the Meursault Villages Les Vireuils dessus and Les Miex Chavaux, yet due to a contortion in the slope they remain north-facing and are therefore affected by the cool air rolling down the Hautes-Côtes. It's from these cool, mineral terroirs - Les Hautés, Les Macabrée and Les Boutonniers - that Leroux sources his fruit for this cuvée. The yields were at least 50% down in 2012 (equating to only 18 hl/ha of juice) and subsequently this has more stone fruit density than usual, yet the rocky, mineral terroir of Auxey still sings through. In fact it's the wine's stone-polished purity and zingy citrus, chalk and spearmint cut that provide the defining features. The finish is fabulously rocky and mineral, and lingers on and on. 10% new wood only.
'Here the nose is a bit riper with its pretty mix of white peach, green fruit and hint of honey. There is excellent richness to the generously proportioned flavors that possess good mid-palate fat before concluding in a delicious finish that once again is clean and agreeably dry if not particularly complex.' 87 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound.com issue 55

Varietal: Chardonnay 
Vol: 750ml
ABV: 13%

$336.00
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Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Rouge 2013

With fruit sourced from village vineyards in Beaune and Santenay as well as Bourgogne vineyards, this is a cut above your average Bourgogne Rouge. Aged in large old wood to preserve the fresh, fruity style, this is a crisp and crunchy Pinot, delicious for everyday drinking.

Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vol: 750ml
ABV: 13%

$242.00
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Benjamin Leroux Nuits-St Georges, Les Allots 2010

This comes from the Vosne Romanee side of the village and it tastes like it, with a spicy and rich mouth-feel good weight, and a terrific length. Big and succulent for Nuits, this is a treat, and shows its purity of fruit very clearly. It is an excellent wine.

Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vol: 750ml
ABV: 13%

$418.00
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