2018 Berry Bros. & Rudd Bourgogne Côte d'Or Pinot Noir by Benjamin Leroux

2018 Berry Bros. & Rudd Bourgogne Côte d'Or Pinot Noir by Benjamin Leroux

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2018 Berry Bros. & Rudd Bourgogne Côte d'Or Pinot Noir by Benjamin Leroux

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Berry Bros & Rudd’s own-label wines include some starry sips such as this beaut of a red burgundy from the sunny 2018 vintage. Sourced by the wine whizz kid Benjamin Leroux, from old vine parcels in the Côte d’Or, this one bursts with scrumptious, young, beetroot and red plum fruit.
Jane MacQuitty, The Times (July 2020)

Berry Bros has again asked Benjamin Leroux to source old-vine parcels from the Côte d’Or — and the results are spectacular. This is classic pinot noir, with luscious red fruit, a silky texture, a touch of spice and a powerful finish.
Will Lyons - Sunday Times (June 2020)

For the second vintage of our Bourgogne Côte d’Or Pinot Noir, we have once again worked with Benjamin Leroux to source fruit from old-vine parcels exclusively in the Côte d’Or. The result is classic Burgundian Pinot Noir. The warm and sunny 2018 vintage allowed the fruit to ripen perfectly, giving delicious aromas of juicy red berries, mouth-filling strawberry and raspberry fruit, soft, silken tannins and a refreshing, chalky finish.
Adam Bruntlett, Wine Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd
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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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Bourgogne Rouge

Bourgogne Rouge


Bourgogne Rouge is the term used to apply to red wines from Burgundy that fall under the generic Bourgogne AOC, which can be produced by over 350 individual villages across the region. As with Bourgogne Blanc and Bourgogne Rosé, this is a very general appellation and thus is hard to pinpoint any specific characteristics of the wine as a whole, due to the huge variety of wines produced.
 
Around 4,600 acres of land across Burgundy are used to produce Bourgogne Rouge, which is around twice as much as is dedicated towards the production of generic whites.
 
Pinot Noir is the primary grape used in Bourgogne Rouge production, although Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and in Yonne, César grapes are all also permitted to make up the rest of the wine. These wines tend to be focused and acidic, with the fruit less cloying than in some New World wines also made from Pinot Noir, and they develop more floral notes as they age.

Although an entry-level wine, some Bourgogne Rouges can be exquisite depending on the area and producer, and yet at a very affordable price.

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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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Decanter93/100

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Decanter93/100
A new addition to the Berry Bros own-label range for 2019, this elegant Burgundy is made by talented young vigneron Benjamin Leroux, who sources Côte d’Or Pinot Noir grapes from very old vines planted in a declassified Chorey-lès-Beaune vineyard. Fresh raspberry and cherry aromas lead to a palate with more raspberry and redcurrant fruit, supported by light, fine-grained tannins and beautifully delicate oak from maturation in old barrels, giving just a whisper of spice. A fine line of acidity underpins it all: delicious! Drinking Window 2019 - 2026.
Julie Sheppard, 20 great-value French red and rosé wines under £25, Decanter (October 2019)
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