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Limited 2018 Vintage Release - Benjamin Leroux

The 2018 Vintage Release From Winemaker Extraordinaire Benjamin Leroux

You may remember that when I asked Allen Meadows, aka Burghound, on this video who he thought might be a natural heir to the late great Henri Jayer of Burgundy, one of the two people he cited was young Benjamin Leroux of Domaine Comte Armand.
Jancis Robinson

 

 

We are excited to be able to offer the 2018 white and red Burgundies from Benjamin Leroux. Since launching his own label in 2007 (whilst still at the helm of Domaine Comte Armand),Leroux has built up his impressive portfolio of wines to be one of the most extensive in the Cote d'Or, releasing up to 50 separate cuvees in any given year. Despite the number of wines, Leroux utilises his deft touch and in-depth knowledge to craft some of the most elegant and fine examples of white and red Burgundy in existence.
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White Burgundies

 

2018 Bourgogne Aligote
Usually $69 - Special Offer $64


In bottle. Fine pretty pale colour, with a perfect tangy bouquet. Exactly what one expects. Half is from Bouzeron, La Fortune, half their own vines below Meursault. Fine and elegant, graceful even, no searing acidity.
Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy– 87 points

 

2018 Bourgogne Blanc
Usually $72- Special Offer $66


Aromas of straw, citrus and petrol introduce round, delicious and lemony flavors that conclude in a refreshing, nicely dry and focused finish. To enjoy shortly after release.
Allen Meadows, Burghound – 86 points

 

2018 Meursault
Usually $169 - Special Offer $152


Mostly their vines. Criots, Moulin Landin, Millerands, Clos du Village, Bois de Blagny. Pick early on the lower parts. Pale colour with a ripe, rounded generous fruit on the nose, continues through on the palate, very classic Meursault with excellent length.
Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy – 88-91 points

 

2018 Meursault 'Les Vireuils'
Usually $179 - Special Offer $162


The 2018 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.
Neal Martin, vinous.com – 87-89 points

 

2018 Meursault 'Narvaux'
Usually $199 - Special Offer $182


This is compositionally similar to the straight Meursault villages but with the addition of a slightly exotic note. There is very good vibrancy and lovely delineation to the more mineral-inflected flavors where the better-balanced finish exhibits more persistence.
Allen Meadows, Burghound – 88-91 points

 

2018 Meursault 1er Cru 'Le Porusots'
Usually $299 - Special Offer $269


The 2018 Meursault Porusot 1er Cru comes from vines up to 90-plus years old. The bouquet needs a little coaxing to reveal its orange blossom and walnut aromas; a touch of smoke emerges with aeration. The palate is well balanced with a saline entry, very good acidity and impressive concentration. There is a touch of grilled almond and walnut toward the persistent finish, completing an accomplished Porusots that should age over the next 15 years or more.
Neal Martin, vinous.com– 92-94 points

 

2018 Meursault 1er Cru 'Charmes-Dessus'
Usually $359 - Special Offer $325


More lemon than lime. The bouquet is a little bit hidden but there is a wealth of classic, ripe white fruit on the palate, with a very good texture, fruit and oak woven in well together. A little youthful bitterness behind, more elevage to come and is needed.
Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy – 91-94 points

 

2018 Meursault 1er Cru 'Les Genevrieres'
Usually $359 - Special Offer $325


From Genevrières Dessous, but this is no longer on the label because of too much confusion with his Dessus bottling. Pale lemon colour with a precise lime and juniper nose. Excellent tension here, plenty of fruit weight, greater length than the other Meursault 1ers crus to date. Classy, long aftertaste.
Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy – 92-95 points

 

2018 Puligny-Montrachet
Usually $185 - Special Offer $170


The 2018 Puligny-Montrachet Village has primal grapefruit and lemongrass bouquet that needs a little more mineral expression. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity. A very textural Puligny with a crisp, fresh yet generous finish. Leroux’s decision to pick this first among all his vineyards pays dividends.
Neal Martin, vinous.com – 89-91 points

 

2018 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru 'Les Baudines'
Usually $229 - Special Offer $212


Pretty pale fresh colour, this is lighter than Embazées but finer on the nose, then fleshes out significantly on the palate with the wood showing a little. Disjointed today but should refine.
Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy– 89-92 points

 

2018 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru 'Les Embazees'
Usually $229 - Special Offer $212


Pale yellow with green reflections. Here is a wealth of ripe yellow fruit on the nose, with good firm acidity, a touch of hot stone, a little bit of heat behind, the sun bouncing back off the rocks.
Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy – 90-93 points

 

2018 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
Usually $395 - Special Offer $359


100% Languettes, from the top part under the wood, a cool site. Stylish at first, very weighty behind, a wealth of pure white fruit, the stones tingle up the finish, Some spice from the barrel too. Interesting complex wine, less mineral than some.
Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy– 93-95points

 

Red Burgundies

 

2018 Bourgogne Rouge
Usually $72 - Special Offer $66


Inviting and gorgeous sweet dark-red fruit. Rich and savoury at the same time. Fantastic for a Bourgogne – Leroux thinks Bourgogne and village wines are great in 2018. A little bit of peppery spice, fine tannins and wonderful but not overripe fruit. Gently spiced and chewy on the finish. Should be GV!
Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com – 16.5/20 points

 

2018 Savigny-les-Beaune
Usually $99 - Special Offer $89


The 2018 Savigny-lès-Beaune Village was taken from tank and contains 15–20% whole-bunch fruit (one-third originating from Les Fourneaux). It has a pleasant, slightly bucolic red currant and cranberry bouquet. The palate is well balanced with crunchy red fruit and slightly peppery in style; a little chewiness comes through on the finish. Fine.
Neal Martin, vinous.com – 87-89 points

 

2018 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru 'Hauts Jarrons'
Usually $125 - Special Offer $114


Entirely destemmed fruit, now racked. Mid red, the wines are never too deep in colour here. Elegance up front, a little more depth behind, sweet red fruit with some mineral tension.
Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy – 88-90 points

 

2018 Volnay
Usually $169 - Special Offer $154


Leroux's 2018 Volnay Village offers up aromas of cherries, cassis, dark chocolate and grilled squab, followed by a medium to full-bodied, supple and velvety palate with a pretty core of fruit, powdery tannins and succulent underlying acids. It's a blend of Grands Champs, Gigotte and Carelles—fine communal lieux-dits that touch the premiers crus.
William Kelley, The Wine Advocate – 88-90 points

 

2018 Volnay 1er Cru 'Les Mitans'
Usually $229 - Special Offer $212


Aromas of raspberries and cherries mingle with rose petals, violets and raw cocoa in a fragrant bouquet, introducing the 2018 Volnay 1er Cru Les Mitans, a medium to full-bodied, supple and inviting wine that's ripe but succulent, built around melting tannins and juicy acids. This is a charming, front-loaded Mitans that will offer a wide drinking window.
William Kelley, The Wine Advocate – 90-92 points

 

2018 Volnay 1er Cru 'Clos de la Cave des Ducs' Monopole
Usually $259 - Special Offer $239


Fine mid red with an elegance of bouquet that we have come to expect here. Gracious gentle sweet fruit, 20% whole bunch, this is very sensual and showing well, exactly the classic style of the vintage. The grapes were fully ripe but retained their balance.
Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy – 91-93 points

 

2018 Chambolle-Musigny
Usually $229 - Special Offer $212


From Veroilles, Bas Doix and young vines of 1er Cru Chatelots. Lighter colour especially at the edge, and a gentle nose. One third whole bunch. Clean bright ripe fruit, quite soft, not sure how well this balances with the fruit.
Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy – 87-89 points

 

2018 Gevrey-Chambertin
Usually $169 - Special Offer $154


Racked. Benjamin rejected one supplier for yield. What he has made is excellent. Mid purple colour, with a very elegant attractively ripe deep red fruit nose. Excellent fresh mineral touch at the back, the savoury detail for which Gevrey is noted, fine boned and very persistent!
Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy – 91-93 points

 

2018 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 'Les Champeaux'
Usually $259 - Special Offer $242


Rich full purple, with a full fresh dark red fruit on the nose. A sumptuous note to the fruit here but grounded by solid tannins at the finish. Luscious quality to the fruit, but none the worse for that.
Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy – 91-94 points

 

2018 Vosne-Romanee
Usually $229 - Special Offer $212


Half whole bunch. Good deep colour, a somewhat sultry nose made more complex by the whole bunch component (50%). This really works on the palate with a delicious lift at the back, spicy notes and fair aftertaste. Needs a little more time.
Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy – 91-93 points

 

2018 Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru
Usually $735 - Special Offer $669


Ripe purple, super powerful explosive bouquet, very ripe but not unbalanced. Plump, deep ripe cherry mouthful, flamboyant, useful tannins, not too much acidity. This weighs in at 14% but is a lovely wine nonetheless and should be accessible quite early on.
Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy – 92-95 points

 

2018 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru 'Les Amoureuses'
Usually $1899 - Special Offer $1725
(1 Magnum Only)


Solid dense purple black. Lush ripe fruit, almost too ripe, morello cherries here, more at the front of the palate, drier behind. Still reasonably in balance but heading towards the riper end of the scale.
Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy – 92-95 points

No stems. One-year-old barrels. Pure and dancing, scented, pretty, tight, finely textured but shut down a little on the palate at the moment, apparently. Amazing freshness. And length. Tight, mouth-watering, captivating, hard to move on. Amazing persistence.
Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com – 18/20 points

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