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Benjamin Leroux Meursault Genevrieres Dessus Premier Cru 2017

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Winemaker Notes

Benjamin Leroux describes this as one of the best premier cru terroirs in Meursault, next to Perriers. Southeast exposure with fairly poor clay-limestone soils. The parcel is domaine-owned.

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V 93
Restrained aromas of yellow orchard fruits, tangy soft citrus, minerals, spices and hazelnut. Savory, tactile wine with hints of menthol and sappy saline minerality. This very dry, long Meursault is about richness and power. Incidentally, this is Leroux's largest premier cru; in 2017 he made 22 barrels from his 1.1 hectares. (13.3% alcohol)Perrières -like wet stone style than the Dessous, which Leroux says is more typical Genevrières.
Barrel Sample: 91-93
D 93
From the thin soils in the upper section of this vineyard, this is substantial if not forward and is produced with 50-year-old vines which are farmed biodynamically. The proportion of new wood is fairly important, but not terribly apparent, as the initial impression is lemony citrus fruit, with a pronounced mineral/saline cast. On the palate, however, it shows the Meursault origin, with a bigger feel and a long, lovely richness that lingers satisfyingly.
BH 93
A much less expressive nose is similar if slightly spicier and a bit more complex as well. There is notably better intensity to the somewhat denser medium-bodied flavors that flash even more minerality and particularly so on the driving, balanced and beautifully harmonious finish.
Barrel Sample: 91-93
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Benjamin Leroux

Benjamin Leroux

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Benjamin Leroux, France
Having created a name for himself as régisseur (general manager) of Domaine du Comte Armand in Pommard, Benjamin Leroux established, with English backing, a small négociant business based in Beaune since 2007. The range is confined to the Côte d’Or, from Chassagne-Montrachet to Gevrey-Chambertin, with the intention of developing farming contracts or indeed purchasing vineyards in the future. The possibilities are very exciting for this exceptionally talented vigneron. Benjamin is a master at delivering purity of fruit alongside a seamless texture in his wines which have only the subtlest influence of oak. Benjamin takes a domaine philosophy, focused on establishing and maintaining contracts with growers who work for top quality vines and fruit rather than seeking prestigious appellations. Ben and his team carefully guide the vineyard work, for the most part carried out by the owners. Vines are plowed and are at least lutte raisonne´e, while many are organic or biodynamic. When Ben deems necessary, his team carries out green harvest themselves. All vines are harvested by Ben’s team and grapes are sorted at the winery in Beaune. Ben’s cuverie is fitted with state of the art equipment.
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Meursault Wine

Cotes de Beaune, Burgundy

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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. Today the village is almost exclusively Chardonnay. A tiny bit of Pinot Noir is produced here with the best coming from Les Santenots on its northern side near Volnay.

While there are no Grands Crus, Meursault’s numerous acclaimed Premiers Crus can compete with any other top-notch white Burgundy. Some to know are Les Perrières, Les Genevrières, Les Charmes, Le Poruzot, Les Bouchères and Les Gouttes d’Or.

Meursault produces outstanding village level wines as well. In general great Premiers Crus and even village level Meursault (Chardonnay) have enticing aromas of lime peel, tropical fruit, crushed rocks, spice and hazelnut. On the palate there is a wonderful balance of brightness and a seductive length with flavors of white peach, pineapple and citrus.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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