2021 Benjamin Leroux Nuits Saint Georges

A very fine, elegant example of Nuits-Saint-Georges from one of Burgundy's most exciting producers.

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Benjamin Leroux has a gentle touch with his red wines, deftly coaxing the most pleasurable parts out of each pocket of Burgundy that he works with.

For the Nuits-Saint-Georges, historically perhaps a more structured and at times rigid communes on the Côte-d'Or, Leroux finds softness and finesse.

This vintage, the assemblage is evenly divided between Aux Saint-Jacques and Aux Herbues, situated along the Vosne border, and a plot located in the northern section of Fleurières, just to the south of the town.

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"All in deep red fruit, not too plummy, a balanced and consistent overall Nuits-St-Georges.” - Jasper Morris (Inside Burgundy)

"There's a little fleshiness here with a savory, tobacco-tinged finish.” - Neal Martin (Vinous)

In generous years, Leroux can vinify five Nuits-Saint-Georges wines: this blend of climats; a village lieu-dit Les Allots; and three Premier Cru wines from Les Cailles, Aux Thorey and Les Boudots. This year’s blend is a roughly equal split between Aux Saint-Jacques and Aux Herbues on the Vosne border, and a parcel in the northern part of Fleurières, just south of the town. It should come as no surprise that Leroux’s Nuits tastes nothing like the classic rugged stereotype. Instead, you can expect the kind of supple elegance and poise this grower brings to all his wines.

90-92 points - “From Fleurieres, Herbues and Aux St Jacques, bright crimson purple, and not too ripe in fruit profile, this has an excellent structure with just the right tannins and correct acidity. All in deep red fruit, not too plummy, a balanced and consistent overall Nuits-St-Georges.” - Jasper Morris (Inside Burgundy)

90-92 points - “The 2021 Nuits Saint-Georges les Boudots 1er Cru is a little more closed than the Les Cailles, slightly earthier in style and opens with dark berry and subtle Earl Grey scents. The palate is medium-bodied with an edgy opening and fine acidity. There's a little fleshiness here with a savory, tobacco-tinged finish. Fine, though the Les Cailles has a little more panache.” - Neal Martin (Vinous)

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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