2021 Nuits-St Georges, Cailles, 1er Cru, Benjamin Leroux, Burgundy

2021 Nuits-St Georges, Cailles, 1er Cru, Benjamin Leroux, Burgundy

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2021 Nuits-St Georges, Cailles, 1er Cru, Benjamin Leroux, Burgundy

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Description

To celebrate the 325th anniversary of Berry Bros. & Rudd, Benjamin Leroux has created this special bottling of 325 magnums. Les Cailles is one of the finest Premier Cru vineyards in Nuits-St Georges, and this is a true one-off. Benjamin vinified 25% of the fruit as whole bunches, which provide a seductive floral perfume and sensual texture. The nose bursts with juicy red berries, rose petals and sweet spice.

The palate is silken and elegant, with juicy summer berries around a core of chalky, limestone freshness. When young, it will have the fruit concentration to stand up to richer dishes like beef or Epoisses. With more age, as it takes on a more tertiary character, pair it with game, mushroom dishes or hard cheeses.

Drink 2024 - 2038

Adam Bruntlett, Senior Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (October 2023)

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Critics reviews

Jasper Morris MW92-94/100

Bright ruby crimson. Some energy to the nose. Impressive depth for the vintage, an attractive light covering of oak. Very Nuits in the depth and concentration of its fruit, yet with the elegance of Benjamin’s style. Mostly destemmed.

Drink 2026 - 2032

Jasper Morris MW, InsideBurgundy.com (October 2022)

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Neal Martin, Vinous92-94/100

The 2021 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Cailles 1er Cru, a maiden release, sports a slightly deeper colour than some of Leroux's other cuvées. The nose is open with crushed strawberry and tomato vine scents. The palate is well-balanced with fine tannins. It's taut, fresh and quite tensile with an elegant, mineral finish. This is superb and worth seeking out.

Drink 2024 - 2038

Neal Martin, Vinous.com (November 2022)

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Decanter92/100

A bit of reduction at first seems to hide the complexity of this wine, but with time there is a lovely blueberry and currant fruit, a distinct minerality, and an almost ‘animal’ savoury note on the palate. The wine is very expressive on the palate, and more substantial and tannic than other offerings from Nuits. Racked off the lees early, it is currently ageing in cask with a good percentage of new wood.

Drink 2027 - 2045

Charles Curtis MW, Decanter.com (June 2022)

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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.

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Nuits-Saint Georges

Nuits-Saint Georges

Originally known as Nuits, or even Nuits-sous-Beaune, the town was happy to add the name of its finest vineyard, Les St Georges, in the 19th century.  There are no Grands Crus, but many fine Premier Cru vineyards, the mayor of the time – Henri Gouges – preferring not to single out any vineyard for the highest status.

The wines of Nuits-St Georges vary according to their exact provenance. Those of the hamlet of Prémeaux, considered to be part of Nuits-St Georges for viticultural purposes, are often on the lighter side.

The richest and most sought-after are those just south of Nuits-St Georges such as Les Vaucrains, Les Cailles and Les St Georges itself. The third sector, including Les Murgers, Les Damodes and Les Boudots are at the Vosne-Romanée end of the village, and demonstrate some of the extra finesse associated with Vosne.

Several domaines (Gouges, Rion, Arlot) now produce a white Nuits-St Georges from Pinot Blanc or Chardonnay.
  • 175 hectares of village Nuits-St Georges
  • 143 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards (20 in all). Best vineyards include Les St Georges, and Clos des Argillières and Clos de la Maréchale in Prémeaux
  • Recommended producers:  GougesRionLiger BelairPotel
  • Recommended restaurant : La Cabotte (small but stylish)

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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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