Maison Benjamin Leroux
Grand Cru White barrel
Tasted: Jun 15, 2018
Note: from Chassagne and Leroux noted that this will be bottled only in magnum
Producer note: Benjamin Leroux concisely described 2016 as “very difficult. The early bud burst turned out to be disastrous due to the late April frost that was incredibly random in terms of which vineyards it hit. The subsequent attack of mildew though was anything but random as it tracked with impressive precision the vines that were damaged by the frost. Not surprisingly, the yields also tracked closely where there was frost and where there wasn’t. As such, yields varied between basically normal and zero or close to it. The fruit was exceptionally clean with moderate potential alcohols that averaged around 12.7% and I chose to chaptalize nothing. I was frankly very pleasantly surprised by the quality of both the reds and the whites as I didn’t expect this level. Between the two, I would describe the whites as good to very good but the reds are excellent, in fact I would compare them to the 2010s, which is a high compliment in my book.” (Becky Wasserman & Co., www.beckywasserman.com, Beaune, France; Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CA/NV/AZ/NM, Classified Wine & Spirits, LLC, www.classifiedwine.net, TX, Terroir Imports, www.terroirimports.net, CO and Willette Wines, www.willettewines.com, NY, all USA; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com and Fields, Morris & Verdin, www.fmvwines.com, both UK; L’Imperatrice Fine Wines, www.imperatrice.com.hk, Hong Kong/China/Macau; SAQ, www.saq.com, Canada; Bibendum Wine Co., www.bibendum.com.au, Australia; Domaine Wine Cellars, www.domaine.com.tw, Taiwan).
Tasting note: Strong reduction renders the nose impossible to assess. Otherwise there is good freshness, verve and concentration to the evidently ripe full-bodied flavors that are supported by plenty of dry extract and a firm core of acidity that shapes the powerful and admirably long finish. This isn’t elegant but it should age effortlessly and particularly so in magnum format.