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BENJAMIN LEROUX

BENJAMIN LEROUX

BENJAMIN LEROUX
Ben was born in 1975 in Beaune, not to a vigneron family, yet decided in his teens that wine was what he wanted to do. After his enology studies, he worked at Cos d'Estournel in Bordeaux, Domaine Drouhin in Oregon, Louis Jadot in Beaune, and Comte Armand in Pommard, where he was named technical director and manager at the age of 24. In 2007, he founded his own domaine and négoce.
Size: Domaine: 8 ha (19.77 ac); Grape purchases: 20 ha (49.42 ac)
Varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Aligoté
Farming: Domaine: certified organic, practicing biodynamic; Grape Purchases: Lutte raisonnée, organic, and biodynamic
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Benjamin Leroux Meursault 2019
Benjamin Leroux Meursault 2019 $118.00
Size: 1.4 ha (3.46 ac)
Variety: Chardonnay
Vine Age: Planted from 1977-1944
Terroir: Les Criots, Au Moulin Landin, Les Millerands, Bois de Blagny
Viticulture: Organic (certified) biodynamic methods
Vinification: Parcels vinified separately. Whole-cluster pressing, light settling before transfer to 300L barrels (15% new oak maximum) for indigenous yeast fermentation. Aged for 18 months.
Benjamin Leroux 'Les Vireuils' Meursault 2019
Benjamin Leroux 'Les Vireuils' Meursault 2019 $130.00
Size: 0.45 ha (1.11 ac)
Variety: Chardonnay
Vine Age: Planted in the mid-1970s
Terroir: High altitude, just below the forest at top of hill, facing east/southeast, terres blanches, meaning "white soils" abundant limestone
Viticulture: Lutte raisonnée
Vinification: Whole-cluster pressing, light settling before transfer to 300L barrels (15% new oak), indigenous yeast fermentation. Aged for 18 months, fined and/or filtered only if necessary.
Meursault Les Vireuils offers more complexity on the nose compared to the Village Cru, offering pressed yellow flowers intermixed with beeswax and honeysuckle aromas. The palate is well balanced with better acidity than the Meursault Village and offers a welcome touch of salinity on the tensile finish. This comes recommended and should age well for a decade.
Benjamin Leroux La Pièce Sous Le Bois 1er Cru Meursault-Blagny 2019
Benjamin Leroux La Pièce Sous Le Bois 1er Cru Meursault-Blagny 2019 $192.00
The highest 1er Cru in Meursault, this could also be labelled "Meursault 1er Cru Blagny" as it is in the hamlet located between Meursault and Puligny. These Chardonnay vines planted in Ben's parcel are on the uppermost part of the hill, while the part below is planted to Pinot Noir (and bottled as Blagny 1er Cru La Pièce Sous le Bois).

Vinification: Whole-cluster pressing, light settling, transfer to barrels (older oak) for indigenous yeast fermentation and aging. Fined and/or filtered only if necessary.
Benjamin Leroux 'Les Genevrieres' 1er Cru Meursault 2017
Benjamin Leroux 'Les Genevrieres' 1er Cru Meursault 2017 $225.00
Known to offer a magical balance of smoothness and freshness, Meursault's quality is hard to rival. The village lies in the middle of Côte de Beaune, just south of Volnay. Meursault is said to mean “mouse’s jump” because in the past the plots producing Pinot Noir and those producing Chardonnay were no more than a mouse’s jump from one another. Vinification: Directly pressed, light settling, transfer to barrels (15-20% new oak), indigenous yeast fermentation. Aged for 16 months, fined and/or filtered if necessary.
Benjamin Leroux Gevrey Chambertin 2019
Benjamin Leroux Gevrey Chambertin 2019 $118.00
Size: 2.00 ha (4.94 ac)
Variety: Pinot Noir
Vine Age: Planted from 1935 to 1995
Terroir: Les Seuvrées (below Charmes Chambertin), La Justice (well-draining sand above solid limestone), Billard, Le Fourneau
Viticulture: Lutte raisonnée
Vinification: About 10% whole-cluster, 15 days maceration in tank, indigenous yeast fermentation. Aged for 18 months in barrel (20% new), unfined, unfiltered.
Benjamin Leroux Volnay Clos de la Cave des Ducs Monopole 2017
Benjamin Leroux Volnay Clos de la Cave des Ducs Monopole 2017 $175.00
Terroir: Mid-slope above village, facing southeast, clay-limestone soil with rocks from limestone bedrock
Viticulture: Biodynamic, younger vines are massal selection from Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux
Vinification: 50% de-stemmed, indigenous yeast fermentation, 15 days maceration in tank. Aged for 12 months, half in tank and half in barrel.
Benjamin Leroux Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2016 1.5L
Benjamin Leroux Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2016 1.5L $1,000.00
Size: 0.10 ha (0.25 ac)
Variety: Pinot Noir
Vine Age: Planted from 1982 to 1983
Terroir: Chambolle side of Bonnes Mares, limestone-rich terres blanches soil
Viticulture: Lutte raisonnée
Vinification: 100% de-stemmed, indigenous yeast fermentation. Aged for 18 months in barrel (15% new oak), unfined, unfiltered.
Benjamin Leroux Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2016 1.5L
Benjamin Leroux Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2016 1.5L $1,000.00
Size: 0.15 ha (0.37 ac)
Variety: Pinot Noir
Vine Age: Planted in 1965
Terroir: Mid-slope, shallow, rocky limestone-rich soil
Viticulture: Lutte raisonnée
Vinification: ⅓ whole-cluster, indigenous yeast fermentation, 15 days maceration. Aged for 18 months in oak barrel (33% new), unfined, unfiltered.
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