2017 Benjamin Leroux Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Goulots

A site Benjamin Leroux believes is one of the top premier cru sites in Gevrey-Chambertin. A sensational release with only 43 bottles available in Australia.

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Benjamin Leroux is a winemaker with a keen eye for special site.

He had his eye set on this tiny premier cru site for some time before securing his own parcel. He believes it to be one of the very best 1er sites in the famed Gevrey-Chambertin sub-region. It's one of his latest ripening plots, the northern-most premier cru site on the same slope that plays home to Les Cazetiers and Combe aux Moines.

This release shows remarkable poise. Leroux included 15% whole bunch in the ferment for structure and 20% new oak for seasoning.

It's dark, brooding, yet lifted, showing the increased depth of a late-ripening site with the vibrant red fruits that are the hallmark of Leroux's 2017 reds.

Only a mere 43 bottles of this cuveé made their way to Australian shores. Our small allocation will not be available for long.

Leroux describes this vineyard as Gevrey’s equivalent to his favourite parcels in Chassagne (Tête du Clos) and Volnay (Clos de la Cave des Ducs). In spite of the fact that Les Goulots is hardly seen on wine labels, it is, to quote Leroux, “a top, top Gevrey 1er Cru”, and one that had been on his wish list for some time. One of the reasons that this terroir is not well known is because of its size. Lying just above Champeaux, it is a tiny, well-shaded vineyard with few owners. It is the northernmost 1er Cru, on the slope that includes Les Cazetiers and Combe aux Moines and it is one of Leroux’s latest parcels to ripen.

The vines here are a 50/50 mix of 20- and 43-year-old vines, and the wine was raised in 20% new oak and with approximately 15% whole bunches in the ferment. It offers tremendous finesse and vibrant energy with waves of ripe blood plums, wild forest fruits and pine freshness. The close is both striking and sappy.

93 Points - "Medium deep purple, a little bit of blackcurrant leaf, late picked but still not quite ripe, plenty of shade in this vineyard. There follows a striking energy at the back, medium concentration redcurrant and blackcurrant. The finish is persistent and attractive.” - 91-93 points, Jasper Morris (InsideBurgundy.com)

Benjamin Leroux

Burgundian native Benjamin Leroux is one of the brightest minds and winemaking talents of his generation.

Considered a winemaking prodigy from an early age, Leroux attended the Lycée Viticole in Baune at the tender age of 13. Then, at the age of just 26, he ascended to the roles of manager and winemaker in the famed cellars of Domaine Comte Armand - a remarkable vote of confidence in one so young.

In 2007 he launched his eponymous label to wide critical acclaim. His has been a meteoric rise through the ranks of Burgundy's producers. His incisive modern approach to winemaking combined with his deep knowledge and respect for tradition has seen his small, hand-crafted cuveés coveted by collectors across the world.

These wines speak eloquently of where they come from. A legend in the making, Leroux's wines are some of the most exciting in modern-day Burgundy.

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