2021 Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Blanc

The perfect way to explore the fine yet richly textured white Burgundies of Benjamin Leroux. A great wine from a great talent.

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Benjamin Leroux's Bourgogne Blanc is sourced from multiple vineyard holdings, across Meusauly and Vosne-Romanee.

This is a very high level of quality to be labelled under the banner of Bourgogne. The level of care and attention to detail undertaken by Leroux in crafting this cuvee is not dissimilar to the way he treats his 1er and Grand Cru offerings.

The wine is matured in large oval-shaped vats and left quietly to rest on lees and gather texture over the winter.

This is a Chardonnay with great depth and structure, displaying a rich honeysuckle nose and a citrussy, nougat-laden palate. It's one of the best possible places to start if you're wandering into the wonderful land of white Burgundy.

This year’s wine is drawn from Leroux’s estate vineyards in Meursault—Les Millerands, Sous la Velle and Les Belles Côtes—supplemented by purchased fruit from the Hautes Côtes de Beaune. Even so, Leroux managed to make just 80 hectolitres. Unlike the vast majority of Bourgogne (from the foot of the hill, and across the D974), Leroux’s estate vines grow on limestone-rich terroirs, situated below the village-level vines of Meursault. There is also a bit of Chardonnay from Vosne-Romanée, of all places.

As usual, the wine was raised in 12- and 15-hectolitre foudres and 600-litre demi-muids before finishing its maturation in stainless steel for four months. The large-format vessels allow Leroux to work with lower levels of sulphur. This is brilliant for its level; pithy, juicy and full of life, with a long, grapefruity finish.

86-88 points - "Mix of domaine and purchases from Hautes Côtes and Côte de Nuits. Another fine clear colour. The fruit comes up immediately on the nose. Generously juicy, fresh plums and a little lemongrass, good acidity, some energy to this, medium persistence.” - Jasper Morris MW (Inside Burgundy)

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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