Red, For laying down

2016 Blagny, La Pièce Sous le Bois, 1er Cru, Benjamin Leroux

2016 Blagny, La Pièce Sous le Bois, 1er Cru, Benjamin Leroux

Red | For laying down | Benjamin Leroux | Code:  49307 | 2016 | France > Burgundy > Cote de Beaune > Blagny | Pinot Noir | Medium Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol

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Scores and Reviews

WA - The 2016 Blagny 1er Cru La Piece Sous Bois comes from vines planted in 1960. This has quite a generous, outgoing bouquet with black and blueberry fruit, perhaps not quite as detailed as say, Laurent Chriseys own Blagny that I tasted the same afternoon. The palate is better: quite ripe and forward, the black fruit tinged with dark chocolate and espresso, quite modern in style. Leroux had transferred this into tank to reduce the imprint of the wood so lets see how this turns out in bottle.
Neal Martin - 29/12/2017

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

Blagny

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