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2016 Benjamin Leroux Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Cave des Ducs


Our Price: $205.00 / bottle (RRP: $250.00 ) Case: 1 x 750ml
Clos de la Cave des Ducs is a monopole vineyard that measures only 0.64 hectares and is owned by the family of Leroux’s right-hand man, Jean-Charles Carré. It’s a wine that was rarely seen before Leroux started bottling this site. With Jean-Charles, Leroux controls every aspect of viticulture and so the site is managed biodynamically and with meticulous care. The vineyard is situated within the upper boundaries of the village – the highest 1er Cru of Volnay in fact - on fine, light soils. The oldest vines here are now 80 years old although the average age evens out to be about 50 years, and includes a 20 year old massale selection parcel sourced from Comte Armand's Clos des Epeneaux. This year Leroux utilised 50% whole bunches (high for him) and just 15% new oak. It’s one of my favourite releases of this wine, with wonderful flesh and seduction, but also plenty of super-fine, powdery tannins. An outstanding Volnay that is wonderfully seductive now, but will also age very well. To me, the first and third review captures the wine far more accurately than the second!

'“Morello and red-cherry notes flutter. The palate frames them in floral oak, with taut, sprightly tannin and a velvety lick of richness. Freshness pervades and heightens the aromas. Lovely, slender, expressive, and profound. The lasting echoes are as perfumed as the first sip.'
94 Points - Anne Krebiehl, World of Fine Wine

“An overtly floral nose combines notes of wood toast, essence of red and dark currant plus a hint of spice. There is a lovely inner mouth perfume to the racy, refined and stony lighter weight flavors that terminate in a youthfully austere finale.” 89-91 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 70

“The 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Caves des Ducs, which has 50% whole-bunch fruit, has a transparent, red cherry and crushed strawberry bouquet that opens with more confidence than the Les Mitans. The palate has a fine bone structure, quite focused and grainy in the mouth with a keen thread of acidity, quite stern toward the finish but you have to admire the detail here. This has great potential.” 91-93 Points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate #234

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