2018 St Romain Blanc, Sous le Château, Benjamin Leroux, Burgundy

2018 St Romain Blanc, Sous le Château, Benjamin Leroux, Burgundy

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2018 St Romain Blanc, Sous le Château, Benjamin Leroux, Burgundy

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This is one of Ben Leroux’s personal favourites. The grapes are sourced from a diligent grower with excellent holdings here in St Romain’s finest single vineyard. St Romain has a cool microclimate due to its relatively high altitude, steep valleys and cooling breezes. Sous le Château faces south and has a high proportion of active limestone in the soil, making for a wine often sunny in character but with piercing acidity. Ben raises most of this wine in small oval foudres, which keep the wine fresher than classic Burgundian barrels – and reduce the oak influence on the wine. This is an energetic, vibrant white Burgundy which fizzes with citrus fruit and closes on a chalky, almost chewy note of mouth-watering freshness. Drink now to 2025.

Adam Bruntlett, Senior Wine Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (May 2021)

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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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St Romain

St Romain

Until 1947 St Romain was part of the Hautes Côtes de Beaune, the vineyards being set back from the main Côte and mostly at higher elevation (around 300 to 400 metres above sea-level). But there is enough class in the mineral white wines (which make up two-thirds of production), and charm in the lightish reds in a warm year that the village is worthy of its own appellation, covering just 98 hectares. The best wines offer remarkable value.
Recommended producer: Alain Gras

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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