Benjamin Leroux Grand Cru Clos de la Roche 2019


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This wine hails from 0.15 hectares of vines, planted in 1965 and located mid-slope on shallow, rocky soil with a high limestone content. At its finest (which comes down to the producer and location within the AOC) Clos de la Roche can produce some of the Côte d’Or’s most profound reds. This wine is very typical of the finest wines of the appellation, offering a deep, layered and dark-fruited personality with the exotic spice and earthiness of Morey’s northern slopes. As you would expect, there is more structural muscle and minerality than in the Clos Saint-Denis. The fruit was entirely de-stemmed and the cuvée was matured in one-third new oak. 

“The 2019 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, which was fully destemmed, comprises two barrels this year. It has a succinct bouquet that takes time to unfold, revealing exquisitely defined red berry fruit, crushed iris petals and touches of cassis with time. The palate is medium-bodied with very supple tannins that lend this Grand Cru an irresistible cashmere texture, and a pinch of white pepper lingers on the aftertaste. Superb.” 95-97 points, Neal Martin, Vinous

Much deeper denser colour than the Clos St-Denis, and a much less hedonistic nose, which conforms to their respective appellations, but this is so good! There’s a depth and density here. Much more restrained, but even finer, though possibly not quite the same quality of finish.” 94-97 points, Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy