2017 Benjamin Leroux Volnay

Burgundy, France

Invariably one of the most popular of Ben Leroux's village reds, the Volnay in 2017 is in top form.


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About The Wine

The Volnay villages is one of the most popular and important wines in the Leroux line up.

Multiple parcels are combined in the 2017 release. The majority of the cuvee is sourced from Les Grand Champs, a site below the village which sits close to the famous belt of premier cru sites, some of the best terroir in Volnay.

There is also a portion of the blend from the 1er Cru La Gigotte, adding a little more definition and density to the final wine.

This long, fine, precise Volnay is a picture-perfect representation of the region. Tannin is a highlight here, as is focus and the extension of flavour.

The red wines of Ben Leroux are all uniformly excellent in 2017, the Volnay may be the pick of the village wines.

About 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.

Winemaker Benjamin Leroux
Winemaker Benjamin Leroux
Photo Credit: Becky Wasserman
Additional Info

From The Importer

This year’s blend was drawn mostly from Les Grand Champs, a site abutting the 1er Cru belt that lies below the village, between Les Mitans and the D974. To this parcel Leroux married a few barrels of 1er Cru La Gigotte, which lies directly south. Looking forward, the 2018 includes some Carelles, which again lies directly south of Gigotte. Leroux getting his ducks in a row.

Across the blend, just 10% new oak and roughly the same percentage of whole bunches were employed this year. This has a supple and flowing palate of red fruit, with fine energy and tender Volnay tannins. A very impressive run out for this core release. So perfumed, with raspberry and red roses to the fore, a silky core of fruit, just enough powdery tannins and a long sappy close. Delicious!

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Ben amongst the vines
Ben amongst the vines
Photo Credit: Becky Wasserman
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews


"Top Value. Super-fresh and perfumed aromas of red and dark berries, earth and a whiff of spice lead to sleek, well-delineated and punchy middle weight flavors that possess just a bit better depth on the ever-so-mildly austere finale that evidences a mineral character. This is a quality Volnay villages and worth checking out." - Allen Meadows (Burghound)


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