2019 Blagny, La Pièce Sous le Bois, 1er Cru, Benjamin Leroux, Burgundy

2019 Blagny, La Pièce Sous le Bois, 1er Cru, Benjamin Leroux, Burgundy

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2019 Blagny, La Pièce Sous le Bois, 1er Cru, Benjamin Leroux, Burgundy

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Description

This is from the same vineyard as Ben’s Meursault but, being red, must be called Blagny. Almost unknown now in Burgundy – there are just 5.2 hectares of Pinot Noir still planted here – this is a real treat for fans of the more traditional animal and earthy notes of great Burgundy. Intensity and smokiness are consistent observations across vintages. Drink 2025-2038. 

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Neal Martin, Vinous88-90/100
The 2019 Blagny La Piece Sous Le Bois 1er Cru was one cru that felt just a little disjointed with the oak at the time of my tasting. The palate is medium-bodied and quite sinewy on the entry, moderate in weight, with a compact finish. Once this is racked it will certainly flesh out and cohere, and my score is based on that.
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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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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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