Benjamin Leroux Monthelie Blanc 'Les Duresses' 2016
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Vine Age: Old vines (planted by the father of the current owner)
Terroir: Located higher up on a steep hillside, warmer location, facing east/southeast, rocky soil, small clusters
Viticulture: Lutte raisonnée
Vinification: Directly pressed, light settling before transfer to foudres for indigenous yeast fermentation. Aged for 16 months, fined and/or filtered if necessary.
If you’re not familiar with Leroux, he became the technical director of Comte Armand at 24, before which he enrolled in viticultural school at 15. In other words, the writing was on the wall. His style is polished, elegant, and vibrant. Despite rapidly trending toward ‘benchmark’ status amongst people who know what’s up, his wines still offer phenomenal value for the price.