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

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

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

Description

A flagship wine for Ben, who has 1.5 of the 2.2 hectares of Chardonnay available. The vineyard’s altitude and exposition impart a lemon, mineral and saline character. The Blagny identity is now incorporated into the name. The élevage is in 300-litre barrels and 600-litre foudres, with 15% new oak. Drink 2024-2035. 
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Neal Martin, Vinous88-90/100
Jancis Robinson MW17/20
Jasper Morris MW91-94/100
Neal Martin, Vinous88-90/100
The 2019 Meursault Le Pièce Sous Bois 1er Cru, matured in 300- and 600-liter barrels, has a crisp, detailed bouquet of almond and walnut flanked by touches of praline and nutmeg; quite complex and engaging. The palate is medium-bodied with tangerine and nectarine on the entry, a fine bead of acidity and quite a rich but balanced finish. This will be difficult to resist in its youth.
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Jancis Robinson MW17/20
Tense and lively with quite a bit of spice. Masses of appeal, and more acidity.
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (October 2020) Read more
Jasper Morris MW91-94/100
Lively green reflections in the lemon yellow. Quite a powerful bouquet and showing the oak a bit at the moment: it has not yet been racked out of its 300 litre barrels. Very fleshy as well, leading to a lovely luscious and gracious finish with some buttery notes..
Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com (December 2020) Read more

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.

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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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