2019 Auxey-Duresses Blanc, Benjamin Leroux, Burgundy

2019 Auxey-Duresses Blanc, Benjamin Leroux, Burgundy

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2019 Auxey-Duresses Blanc, Benjamin Leroux, Burgundy

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From three north-facing parcels: Les Hautés, La Macabrée and Les Boutonniers. Two-thirds of the wine is raised in 1,200-litre foudres to reduce the oxidative influence. The citrus edge – the hallmark of Auxey – is beautifully retained; this vintage has a pulpier texture, and a hint of grapefruit. Drink 2022-2027. 
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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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Auxey-Duresses

Auxey-Duresses

A small village in a side valley off the Côte de Beaune, with a slightly cooler local climate making for a more austere style of Burgundy. Nonetheless this can be an excellent source of relatively inexpensive wine in warmer years, or from top producers. At the moment production is about 75:25 red to white. The reds can age well, while the whites can have a most attractive minerality.

  • 138 hectares of village Auxey-Duresses
  • 32 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards (nine in all), the best being Les Duresses
  • Recommended producers:  Comte Armand (red), Fichet (white)

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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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Reviews

Customer reviews

jancisrobinson.com16+/20
Jasper Morris MW87-89/100

Critic reviews

jancisrobinson.com16+/20
Nervy, steely, obviously higher-elevation fruit than the Bourgogne Blanc. Good tension. Hint of grapefruit. Lightly bitter.
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (October 2020) Read more
Jasper Morris MW87-89/100
A little more lemon colour and a noticeably deeper bouquet compared to the Monthelie. Minor vegetal note for now. Fills the mouth with ripe apple notes, but still a core of fresh mineral intensity through the middle. Very good length.
Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com (December 2020) Read more