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 tp 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. One of Benjamin’s favourite locations for white wine vineyards is the border between Auxey-Duresses and Meursault, which is where Les Vireuils can be found. Here the natural weight of Meursault is enhanced by the fresher minerality typical of the side valley of Auxey-Duresses. St Romain is one of the more up and coming villages at slightly higher elevation above Meursault, and its wines are marked by balanced acidity and freshness.
'Picked the day after Meursault – earlier than usual. Fermented in 12-hl foudre. Tank sample. More obvious oak spice here than on the Auxey-Duresses, with the sweetness of oak. Richness in the mouth and a softness to the texture but still fresh. Intense in the mouth and lingering on the finish. Really quite powerful and spicy. Almost chewy.' Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com