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2016 Benjamin Leroux Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Tête du Clos


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Our Price: $245.00 / bottle (RRP: $280.00 ) Case: 1 x 750ml

Tête du Clos, another sub-climat of Morgeot, lies at the apex of the vineyard where the soil is very rocky, with white clay and plenty of limestone on the surface. It’s about the same altitude as Les Embazées, but it showcases a completely different expression of Chassagne - both richer and more mineral. Leroux’s old-vine parcel (0.4-hectares planted in 1955) produces small, concentrated clusters and the resulting power means that it sees a tad more new oak (25%) than the preceding Chassagnes. Here you have genuine depth of fruit combined with intense earthy minerality. This is so typical of this site (la Romanée as well). A “baby grand cru” as Ben calls it. Intense, mixed stone fruit and citrus peel, shot through with intense spice and chalky notes. Class and power.

'Musky, noble reduction to the aromas of pear, minerals and flowers. At once thick and juicy, boasting lovely concentration and clarity to its soil-driven flavors of stone fruits and saline, rocky minerals. Tight in the middle at present but this fine-grained wine broadens out on the very long, glistening, palate-saturating back end. Leroux told me he made between 25 and 30 hectoliters per hectare from these very old vines, which he noted is the normal yield here.'
Stephen Tanzer - 92-94 Points, Vinous

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