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Benjamin Leroux Volnay Clos de la Cave des Ducs Premier Cru 2017

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Winemaker Notes

This vineyard belongs to Jean-Charles, Ben Leroux's right hand man. It has been in his family for generations and he farms it himself with the precision and care of a proud father. It is completely enclosed by walls, but also surrounded on three sides by buildings of the village of Volnay, making it a uniquely sheltered terroir despite its higher altitude. 50% de-stemmed, indigenous yeast fermentation, 15 days maceration in tank. Aged for 12 months, half in tank and half in barrel.

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V 93
The 2017 Volnay Clos de la Caves des Ducs 1er Cru is completely de-stemmed this year. It has a very subtle bouquet, tightly wound and poised, featuring crushed stone, almost flint-like aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, wonderful poise and purity and a sappy, very silky finish that is utterly seductive. This is one of Leroux’s best reds this year.
Barrel Sample: 91-93
BH 92
A cool, airy and admirably pure combination of essence of red pinot fruit sprinkled with lovely spice and floral wisps gives way to super-sleek and intense flavors that are also intensely mineral-driven on the slightly less linear and strict finale. This too will need a few years to add flesh but it ultimately should be lovely.
Barrel Sample: 89-92
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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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Volnay Wine

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On the hillsides between Pommard and Meursault, Volnay is one of two villages in the Côte de Beaune of Burgundy that is recognized for its extraordinary Pinot Noir. Pommard is the other; the rest of the villages are most known for some of the most exceptional Chardonnay in the world. While Volnay Pinot Noir tends to be light in color and more delicate than that of Pommard, they typically stand on par with each other in regards to quality and demand.

Volnay can’t claim any Grands Crus vineyards but more than half of it has achieved Premier Cru status. Volnay Premiers Crus vineyards stretch across the entire village from northeast to southwest, abutting and actually falling “into” Meursault. Where they merge is a vineyard called Les Santenots. Pinot Noir grows in this Meursault Premier Cru but since that village is most associated with stellar whites, the Pinot Noir from Les Santenots, takes the name Volnay Santenots. Immediately above it are Volnay’s other prized Premier Cru, Le Cailleret, Champans, Clos des Chênes and Le Cailleret.

Volnay Pinot Noir are earthy with red or blue fruit. Aromas such as smoke, herbs, forest, cocoa and spice are common and on the palate they are gorgeous and concentrated with finesse but won’t truly charm you without some age.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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