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. 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.
'Less than 15% new oak. 300-litre barrels. From tank. Inviting richness on the nose, light cedary spice but not oaky. Chewy, deep fruited but marked by freshness even in this sunny vintage. Tightly wound on the finish and a really food-friendly wine.' 17pts Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com