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 in 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.
The wines of Savigny are often as good as those of Beaune itself, a local motto describing them as ‘Théologiques, Nourissants et Morbifuges’. They are usually good to drink at three to five years old.
'Just racked. One-third Aux Fournaux (structured, mostly whole bunch) and two-thirds Ez Connardises (destemmed) – heart of Savigny on old alluvial soils that give fruit-driven wines, says Ben Leroux. Aged partly in foudre and partly in barrel. Tank sample. Mid crimson. Gorgeously and tantalisingly fragrant in both fruit and a light floral character. Sweet-fruited purity. Deliciously fresh, succulent and fine boned. Mouth-watering freshness but packed with fruit. Very fine tannic texture.' Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com