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2016 Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Rouge


Our Price: $61.99 / bottle (RRP: $80.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'Outstanding. Top Value.'
Allen Meadows, Burghound

  • "You may remember that when I asked Allen Meadows, aka Burghound who he thought might be a natural heir to the late great Henri Jayer of Burgundy, one of the two people he cited was young Benjamin Leroux of Domaine Comte Armand." Jancis Robinson, Jan 2009

    "Leroux’s passion, ambition and sheer talent have already resulted in a number of stunning, beautiful wines, but my sense is that the best is yet to come.”
      Wine Advocate 

    “I have never heard a more articulate and insightful presentation.” James Halliday on the Leroux 2008s Masterclass with Benjamin Leroux, The Australian

    Benjamin Leroux, the gifted manager/winemaker of Domaine Comte Armand launched his own label with the 2007 vintage. He works from a brand new winery in the center of Beaune (just off the Boulevard) that he shares with Dominique Lafon and two other wine growers. The operation is very small and will eventually specialise, primarily, in Puligny and Volnay, but with many other appellations also covered. While there are over twenty terroirs produced, this is certainly a ‘micro negociant’ operation with only two to five barrels made of most of the cuvees. Leroux works with vineyards he manages, vineyards he owns and also buys fruit (never juice or wine) from growers with who he can work closely; growers that produce the quality of fruit to match Leroux’s exacting standards. Half of the vineyards that Leroux works with are currently organic or biodynamic (this percentage is growing) and 100% of the sites are ploughed with no herbicides or pesticides used at all in any of the sites.

    Leroux’s vision has always been to build an Estate and to this end he has already started buying vineyards. The first stage of his evolution however has been to establish the micro negociant business: a phase that has allowed him to establish a winery and refine his ideas and his understanding of the terroirs with which he wants to work. The way Leroux has structured this side of his business is highly innovative. His aim has been to create the same quality standards of the finest Domaines, despite not owning most of the vineyards.

    Another success for this over-delivering cuvée, which this year is made up of Santenay 1er Cru Commes, Beaune 1er Cru Les Cent-Vignes, Monthelie (villages and 1er Cru), Saint-Romain, Hautes-Côtes de Nuits and a little (25%) Estate Bourgogne from Pommard. 


    Another success for this over-delivering cuvée, which this year is made up of Santenay 1er Cru Commes, Beaune 1er Cru Les Cent-Vignes, Monthelie (villages and 1er Cru), Saint-Romain, Hautes-Côtes de Nuits and a little (25%) Estate Bourgogne from Pommard. This cuvée is now being raised in a 50-hectolitre Grenier cask, a vessel so large that it had to be assembled in the cellar. There is no new oak and the grapes for the 2016 were entirely destemmed (although with lots of whole berries). A lovely wine that has way too much class for the level. It's loaded with raspberry and iodine and spice and has terrific flesh and balance.


    "Outstanding. Top Value."
    Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 70

    "Bright medium red. Lively perfume of raspberry, blood orange and flowers. Very pretty, leanish wine with excellent intensity and definition to its flavors of red fruits and flowers. This delightful Bourgogne includes a lot of Beaune villages and premier cru fruit, as production in these vineyards was too tiny to merit separate bottlings."
    Stephen Tanzer

    'The 2016 Bourgogne Rouge was aged in wooden tank, bottled mid-October and includes a potpourri of vineyards from here, there and everywhere that had been frosted. This has a delightful bouquet with vivid red cherry and strawberry fruit that is well defined and probably more like a village cru. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh red berry fruit mixed with bay leaf and a touch of black tea. I was smitten by this modest generic red and I bet it will be good value for money.'
    Stephen Tanzer

    2016 Vintage Reviews

    "The 2016s deserve a place in your cellars and there is no reason not to go heavy –I for one will be buying all that I can afford and find.”
    Allen Meadows, Burghound, January 2018

    “The first rule of a wine is not to be good, but to exist. But where it does exist in 2016, it is at times extraordinarily great, with a clutch of legendary wines.”
    Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, January 2018

    “2016 is a seriously delicious vintage.”
    Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com, January 2018

    “The 2016 vintage is not a year to buy blindly, but it’s certainly a vintage to buy.”
    William Kelley, Decanter.com, January 2018

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