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2012 Chambolle-Musigny, Les Amoureuses, 1er Cru, Benjamin Leroux

2012 Chambolle-Musigny, Les Amoureuses, 1er Cru, Benjamin Leroux

Red | For laying down | Benjamin Leroux | Code:  23882 | 2012 | France > Burgundy > Cote de Nuits > Chambolle Musigny | Pinot Noir | Medium Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol

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Scores and Reviews

The Wine Advocate

91-93/100

Antonio Galloni

92-94+

Burghound

90-93/100

The Wine Advocate - The 2012 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses has a complex, broody bouquet that takes time to open in the glass, reluctantly revealing scents of bergamot and forest floor, more introspective than Frederic Mugniers tasted the previous day. The palate is medium-bodied with a succulent, primal entry. It has lightness and an airiness about it that is very appealing, although I would like to see more presence and gravitas toward the finish. There is good tension throughout but it needs a little more...sexiness!
Neal Martin - 30/12/2013

Antonio Galloni - One of the more recent additions to the range, the 2012 Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses is a wonderful way to end this tasting. Seamless and totally spherical on the palate, the 2012 is all about texture and nuance. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries and cinnamon caress the palate in a totally sublime Burgundy. My sense is that the Amoureuses is not fully formed. I won't be surprised if it is even better from bottle.
Antonio Galloni - Jan-2014

Burghound - A restrained but wonderfully spicy nose of red and dark berry fruit, spice, cassis and floral aromas. There is excellent verve and detail to the mineral-driven middle weight flavors that also display a very slight touch of dryness though in this case it is so subtle that my instinct is that it will eventually dissipate.
Alan Meadows - Burghound - 15-Apr-2014

The Producer

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.

The Grape

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.

The Region

Chambolle Musigny

Chambolle produces the most elegant wines in the Côte de Nuits, having more active chalk and less clay in the soil than the other villages. The wines may be a little lighter in colour and less tannic than Gevrey-Chambertin but they have a sublime concentration of fruit. Village Chambolle-Musigny usually provides excellent value.

Le Musigny is one of the top half-dozen vineyards in Burgundy, producing wines of extraordinary intensity and yet with a magical velvety character. Les Amoureuses is immediately appealing, a wonderfully sensual wine which deserves Grand Cru status. Bonnes Mares tends to have a firmer structure and ages very well

  • 94 hectares of village Chambolle-Musigny.
  • 61 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards (24 in all). The finest vineyards include Les Amoureuses, Les Charmes, Les Fuées, Les Baudes and Sentiers.
  • 24 hectares of Grand Cru vineyard - Bonnes Mares and Le Musigny.
  • Recommended producers:  de Vogüé, Mugnier, Roumier, Barthod.
  • Recommended restaurant: Le Chambolle 

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