2019 Meursault, Benjamin Leroux, Burgundy

2019 Meursault, Benjamin Leroux, Burgundy

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2019 Meursault, Benjamin Leroux, Burgundy

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From a mix of vineyards, mostly on lower slopes, including Criots and Sous la Velle. There’s a considerable proportion of Bois de Blagny, at the top of the slope; this lends vivacity, giving the fruit a bounce on the palate before the mealy density of Meursault rounds out the finish. Drink 2023-2029. 
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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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Meursault

Meursault

There are more top producers in Meursault than in any other commune of the Côte d’Or. Certainly it is the most famous and popular of the great white appellations. Its wines are typically rich and savoury with nutty, honeyed hints and buttery, vanilla spice from the oak.

Even though it is considerably larger than its southerly neighbours Chassagne and Puligny, Meursault contains no Grands Crus. Its three best Premiers Crus, however – Les Perrières, Les Genevrières and Les Charmes – produce some of the region’s greatest whites: they are full, round and powerful, and age very well. Les Perrières in particular can produce wines of Grand Cru quality, a fact that is often reflected in its price. Meursault has also been one of the driving forces of biodynamic viticulture in the region, as pioneered by Lafon and Leflaive.

Many of the vineyards below Premier Cru, known as ‘village’ wines, are also well worth looking at. The growers vinify their different vineyard holdings separately, which rarely happens in Puligny or Chassagne. Such wines can be labelled with the ‘lieu-dit’ vineyard alongside (although in smaller type to) the Meursault name.

Premier Cru Meursault should be enjoyed from five to 15 years of age, although top examples can last even longer. Village wines, meanwhile, are normally at their best from three to 10 years.

Very occasionally, red Meursault is produced with some fine, firm results. The best red Pinot Noir terroir, Les Santenots, is afforded the courtesy title of Volnay Santenots, even though it is actually in Meursault.

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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

Neal Martin, Vinous89-91/100
jancisrobinson.com16.5/20
Jasper Morris MW89-92/100

Critic reviews

Neal Martin, Vinous89-91/100
The 2019 Meursault Village, which includes 20% from Blagny, was the only cru racked in tank during my tasting. It has a crisp, clean walnut and dried honey bouquet, hints of white chocolate coming through. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, quite citric in style, and tensile with a focused, Puligny-like finish. Very precise for a Village Cru.  
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jancisrobinson.com16.5/20
Broad and quite rich on the nose. Quite sweet on palate entry. Halfway to old-fashioned Meursault. Long.
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (October 2020) Read more
Jasper Morris MW89-92/100
Domaine. From Criots, Clos du village, Moulin Landin and Pellands on the lower slopes plus Bois de Blagny above. Made in a mix of foudre, 600 litre and 300 litre wood. Medium lemon colour, this has a svelte soft and appealing fruit, with enough tension behind to hold up, and a very long finish. Agreeable lemon fruit throughout but this is taking on the weight of classic Meursault.
Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com (December 2020) Read more