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 Mersault is enhanced by the fresher minerality typical of the side valley of Auxey-Duresses.
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. A small amount of white wine is also made. The 2017 Savigny-lès-Beaune Village finishes its aging in foudres, which is where my sample came from. It has a pleasant raspberry and briar bouquet that just requires a little more vigor. The palate is well balanced, offering supple tannin, tart red cherry fruit and a touch of piquancy on the finish. Fine.