2018 Benjamin Leroux Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embazees

A gem of a premier cru White Burgundy from Ben Leroux, power and restraint combined.

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Ben Leroux is astonishing in his intimate knowledge of Burgundy's vineyards - to be across the almost 80 wines he releases each year.

Les Embazees is a favourite white vineyard of his, a higher elevation site in Chassagne in which he farms a tiny plot. The line of limestone running through the vineyard gives energy that is evident even in the warm years such as 2018.

A citrus and nutty nose, moves into powerful nectarine palate flavours that are set against some lemony crunch.

Just a few bottles available.

Another of Chassagne’s lesser-known gems that Leroux has helped put back on the map, so to speak. This site sits right on the south-western border of Chassagne above Tête du Clos and just below Les Baudines. Leroux works with just 0.28-hectares (planted around 1980) and notes that the poor red soils—shot through with Bajocian limestone—give the wine its unique character. On theme, there is very little new oak this this year.


The nose here smells like limestone! While the palate is cool, racy and shot through with lime curd and fresh nectarine fruit. Lovely earthy lick on the finish. Again, one of the best (no, bugger it, THE best) examples of this wine we have shipped.

93 Points - ""Pale yellow with green reflections. Here is a wealth of ripe yellow fruit on the nose, with good firm acidity, a touch of hot stone, a little bit of heat behind, the sun bouncing back off the rocks. 90-93 Points." - Jasper Morris (Inside Burgundy)

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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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