2013 Benjamin Leroux Meursault Les Narvaux

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Cork. Narvaux is another of Meursault’s highest vineyards, sitting above the 1er cru Les Genevrières. This comes from 0.10-hectares (two barrels worth) in a clos at the top of the vineyard (Narvaux Dessus) so it could be labelled Clos de Narvaux. Next to Lafon’s vines, this particular parcel was planted in 1975 and the soils have plenty of limestone and also iron oxide, the latter giving them a reddish colour. Managed by hand, without aid of a tractor, by its 76 year old vineyard manager! The wine from here is surprisingly round and certainly more textural than the Vireuils cuvée (Clos de Narvaux has very shallow soils and a southerly aspect, which promote both low yields and excellent ripening), though there is not much between the wines in 2013. This is cool, mineral-flecked Meursault which strikes a pinpoint balance between fleshy generosity and rippling freshness.  A hint of reduction on the finish adds to the overall atmosphere.

The 2013 Meursault Narvaux has a taut, hazelnut and smoke-scented bouquet in the making: reticent at first, but it gains confidence in the glass. The palate is ripe and generous on the entry with hints of tangerine and orange rind: nicely balanced with a gentle, stem ginger finish that lingers in the mouth. Understated and well crafted, though one for early drinking rather than aging.” 88-90 points, Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com #216