Benjamin Leroux Grand Cru Clos de la Roche 2020 1.5lt Magnum

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The Wine

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 Review

“Uniquely in the Leroux cellar, this cuvée did not go through its malolactic fermentation until July. So it is currently unsettled, unracked and the nose is much more backward, with a graphite touch. Quite ripe plump fruit, hedgerows and brambles, more tannins, just at an awkward stage. I think this will turn out very well, in good time. Magnums only.” 92-96 points, Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy

“The 2020 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru is one of the cuvées that did not finish its malo until July. Quite penetrating red berry fruit here, this has the energy of the Bonnes-Mares but with a little more focus. The palate is medium-bodied with fine definition, sappy redcurrant and cranberry notes laced with white pepper that lead to a very harmonious finish. Excellent.” 93-95 points, Neal Martin, Vinous