2016 Morey-St Denis, Benjamin Leroux, Burgundy

2016 Morey-St Denis, Benjamin Leroux, Burgundy

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2016 Morey-St Denis, Benjamin Leroux, Burgundy

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The 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis Villages, which was due racking, comes mostly from Genavrires. It has upfront black and blue fruit, quite floral and unrestrained in style. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannin, balanced but it feels a little labored on the finish compared to Lerouxs other village crus. Wait and see.
Neal Martin - 29/12/2017

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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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Morey-Saint-Denis

Morey-Saint-Denis

Morey is sometimes ignored between its two famous neighbours, Chambolle-Musigny and Gevrey-Chambertin, but its wines are of equal class, combining elegance and structure. Morey-St Denis, being that little bit less famous, can often provide excellent value.

The four main Grand Cru vineyards continue in a line from those of Gevrey-Chambertin, with Clos St Denis and Clos de la Roche the most widely available. Clos des Lambrays (almost) and Clos de Tart (entirely) are monopolies of the domains which bear the same names.

Domaine Dujac and Domaine Ponsot also make rare white wines in Morey-St Denis.

  • 64 hectares of village Morey-St Denis
  • 33 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards (20 in all). Best vineyards include Les Charmes, Les Millandes, Clos de la Bussière, Les Monts Luisants
  • 40 hectares of Grand Cru vineyard. Clos de Tart, Clos des Lambrays, Clos de la Roche, Clos St Denis and a tiny part of Bonnes Mares
  • Recommended Producers: Dujac, Ponsot, Clos de Tart, Domaine des Lambrays

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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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Reviews

Customer reviews

Wine Advocate
Burghound89-92/100
jancisrobinson.com16.5/20
Stephen Tanzer89-91/100
Jasper Morris MW90/100

Critic reviews

Wine Advocate
The 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis Villages, which was due racking, comes mostly from Genavrires. It has upfront black and blue fruit, quite floral and unrestrained in style. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannin, balanced but it feels a little labored on the finish compared to Lerouxs other village crus. Wait and see.
Neal Martin - 29/12/2017 Read more
Burghound89-92/100
Pungent notes of wood toast and menthol serve as a less than neutral backdrop to the spiced plum floral and softly earthy aromas. There delicious, vibrant and delineated medium weight flavours possess a really lovely mouth feel as well as a hint of minerality on the balanced and ligering finish. This is a very fine Morey villages even if it's really a 1er in drag
Alan Meadows - Burghound - Apr-2018 Read more
jancisrobinson.com16.5/20
Very rich nose – purple somehow – and quite transparent. Taffeta-textured and quite rose-petal flavoured. Pretty exciting for a village wine! Quite a bit of acidity. 
Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com - 28-Nov-2017 Read more
Stephen Tanzer89-91/100
(13.2% alcohol; this is premier cru juice from Les Genavrières labeled as village wine; 25% new oak): Healthy red. Very ripe, slightly medicinal aromas of black cherry liqueur, dark chocolate, violet, menthol and game, lifted by a floral quality. Considerably sweeter and fatter than the foregoing samples, conveying a faintly high-toned character and good density. The savory finish shows some oak tannins. This wine came as a bit of a shock following Leroux's examples from the Côte de Beaune and does not have the finesse of his Volnays. Made from totally destemmed fruit and perhaps a bit lacking in definition and structure as a result.
Stephen Tanzer - Nov-2017 Read more
Jasper Morris MW90/100
Declassified 1er cru Genavrières. Lovely mid purple, with very elegant fruit on the nose, really lively at the back with good acidity, raspberry notes, narrowly avoiding a hint of vegetal.
Jasper Morris MW
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