2012 Bonnes Mares, Grand Cru, Benjamin Leroux

2012 Bonnes Mares, Grand Cru, Benjamin Leroux

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2012 Bonnes Mares, Grand Cru, Benjamin Leroux

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Burgundy 2012 En Primeur - Staff Favourite
From a parcel of Terres Blanches on the Fuees side, this is a very powerful perfumed dense dark beast, which gradually opens up to a magnificent crescendo. It is more flamboyant than the Clos de la Roche and more approachable at this point, though will benefit from long ageing.

Heavy hail fell on 30th June in the Volnay and Pommard vineyards, then in Auxey-Duresses in August. The generic Bourgogne vineyards got frosted somewhat as well, so across the whole domaine the yield is a miserable 12hl/ ha and may be even less for 2013. There will not be a Pommard Premier Cru this year. Fortunately winemaker and general manager Benjamin Leroux is of a sunny disposition, and, in any case, the wines are superb.
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Benjamin Leroux

Benjamin Leroux

Having created a name for himself as régisseur (general manager) of Domaine du Comte Armand in Pommard, Benjamin Leroux established, with English backing, a small négociant business based in Beaune since 2007. The range is confined to the Côte d’Or, from Chassagne-Montrachet to Gevrey-Chambertin, with the intention of developing farming contracts or indeed purchasing vineyards in the future.

The possibilities are very exciting for this exceptionally talented vigneron. Benjamin is a master at delivering purity of fruit alongside a seamless texture in his wines which have only the subtlest influence of oak. One of Benjamin’s favourite locations for white wine vineyards is the border between Auxey-Duresses and Meursault, which is where Les Vireuils can be found. Here the natural weight of Meursault is enhanced by the fresher minerality typical of the side valley of Auxey-Duresses.

Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director and author of the award-winning Inside Burgundy comprehensive handbook.

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Vougeot

Vougeot

Most of the wine produced in this small village comes from a single, walled Grand Cru vineyard, the famous Clos de Vougeot. The vineyard in its present form dates from 1336 (when it was first planted by monks of Cîteaux), although it was not until the following century that it was entirely enclosed by stone walls. 

Clos de Vougeot is both the smallest commune and the largest Clos in the Cote d’Or. It consists of 50 hectares of vineyards shared among 82 owners, with six soil types. There is quite a difference in quality between the upper (best) and lower (least fine) parts of the vineyard, though in medieval times a blend from all sectors was considered optimum.

Le Domaine de la Vougeraie makes a very fine white wine from Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot, first picked out by the monks of Cîteaux as being suitable ground for white grapes in the year 1110.

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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The Wine Advocate92-94/100

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The Wine Advocate92-94/100
The 2012 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru comes from vines populating the Chambolle side, although they are but a stones throw from Morey. It has a tightly wound bouquet with mulberry, dark plum and forest floor scents that are beautifully defined, but will doubtlessly need several years in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied with a chewy entry, firm tannins, plenty of black plum, cassis and blueberry fruit with an elegant, grippy, persistent finish.
Neal Martin - 30/12/2013 Read more