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2020 Benjamin Leroux Beaune 1er Cru 'Les Cent-Vignes'

$218.00

Place: Beaune - Burgundy, France

Variety: Pinot Noir

Farming: Biodynamic

Words from the importer, Bibendum Wine Co.

This is our first allocation of Leroux’s Les Cent-Vignes. Leroux has been working with a grower here since 2015. Convinced of the quality, he purchased the 0.5-hectare plot in 2021, so from next year’s release, this will be a Domaine-owned bottling. The plot, on Cent-Vignes’ grèze litée brown gravels, is planted to two parcels. There’s a section of 50-year-old vines, as well as a young plot planted in 2016.

Leroux told us that the blend of the two parcels is complementary: the old vines bring depth and intensity while the younger parcel contributes freshness. Les Cent-Vignes is one of the first vineyards you encounter if you’re heading west out of Beaune. Leroux told us that he is delighted to be working in the appellation and would welcome more sources “without hesitation”. Beaune is certainly on the rise. 

Words from Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy

A rippling purple colour with rather a sensual fruit that stays in the red register, raspberry and ripe cherry. Some dry tannins, but the fruit returns behind, with strawberries.