2019 Benjamin Leroux Volnay 1er Cru Les Mitans

Burgundy, France

Soft, supple and elegant 1er cru Red Burgundy, with a dark fruit profile and lovely length.



About The Wine

Beautifully fragrant and elegantly structured, Les Mitans is always a favourite 1er Cru from Ben Leroux.

It's Volnay air-kissing Chambolle, with plenty of aromatic prettiness, though with a darker fruit note that moves into aniseed/ licorice on the palate.

A touch of whole bunch stalk adds some sinewy character but this is a relatively approachable plush style that can be readily enjoyed with Sunday lunch, or a glass at half-time of the EPL (french pun we're not proud of).

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

Natural cork. ‘Mitans’ derives from the old French for centre, and fittingly, this Cru lies at the heart of the appellation (on the slopes beneath the village). This 0.65-hectare parcel is close to the Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Barre and encroaches into the Mitans l’Ormeau lieu-dit. The soil here is fine clay shot through with limestone, and the vines are, on average, 50 years old. Just a pinch of whole bunch this year.

Les Mitans is considered one of the most elegant, fine-boned and cerebral expressions of Volnay—even though Leroux delivers a wine of real depth and intensity. The wine is true to its terroir; it’s a delicate and perfumed Volnay that reminds of Chambolle.

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 14
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2032
Bottle Size : 750ml

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

Critic Reviews


“Outstanding. There is a vague whiff of menthol to the equally pretty aromas of various red berries, orange peel, spiced tea and rose petal. The lacy, delicious and appealingly textured medium-bodied flavors possess a building intensity that culminates in a dusty and youthfully austere finish. This solidly persistent effort needs more depth, but the underlying material appears to be present such that more should develop in time.” - Allen Meadows (Burghound)


"“The 2019 Volnay Les Mitans 1er Cru has an elegant bouquet of red cherries, crushed strawberry and light crushed rock aromas that become more floral with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine definition, the tiny proportion of whole bunch imparting a soupçon of pepperiness toward the finish. Very fine.” 90-92 points, Neal Martin (Vinous)


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