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

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

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

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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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Decanter93/100
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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About this WINE

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.

Discover the story behind our Own Selection Bourgogne Côte d’Or Pinot Noir, made for us by Benjamin. Read more

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Bourgogne Blanc

Bourgogne Blanc


Bourgogne Blanc is the appellation used to refer to generic white wines from Burgundy, a wide term which allows 384 separate villages to produce a white wine with the label ‘Bourgogne.’ As a result of this variety, Bourgogne Blanc is very hard to characterise with a single notable style, however the wines are usually dominated by the presence of Chardonnay, which is just about the only common factor between them. That being said, Chardonnay itself varies based on the environmental factors, so every bottle of Bourgogne Blanc will vary in some way from the next! Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris are also permitted for use in Bourgogne Blanc under the regulations of the appellation.

As Bourgogne Blanc is very much an entry-level white wine for most regions in Burgundy, prices are usually very reasonable, and due to the terroir and climate of Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc wines tend to have a strong acidity to them, combined with a vibrant and often fruity palate when compared with other whites from the New World, say, allowing fantastic matchmaking with many different kinds of food.

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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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