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2009 Leroux Benjamin, Volnay Clos de la Cave des DucsApr. 2011
Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose has some dark depth and the slightly musky, heavy perfume often to be found in 09s. Slowly the floral disentangles itself from the fruit – it’s lovely to follow. Likewise the palate is the archetypal full, round sweetness of the vintage – yet despite understated acidity it is completely balanced – I can certainly cope with its pleasure-seeking approach! The tannin is quite fine and very-much in the background – you’ll have to search it out. The flavour seems rather perfumed, slowly turning bitter in the finish and showing a hint of wood texture – both barrel derived though the texture (at least) will be gone in six months. Tasty as this is, I feel just a tweak more acidity might have given it the energy to reach another dimension – but I’m being really, really picky – it is lovely!
2009 Leroux Benjamin, Puligny-MontrachetMar. 2011
Wide, understated, perhaps a little aromatically loose. Makes a super impression in the mouth; slightly cushioned with fine dimension – excellent for the label.
2009 Leroux Benjamin, Meursault VireulsMar. 2011
A little more aromatic complexity. This has super intensity and much more minerality than the Puligny – long too. What a mouthful of wine – wow.
2009 Leroux Benjamin, Chassagne-Montrachet Tête du ClosMar. 2011
From just under La Romanée, but unfortunately only two and a half barrels per year. More intense yellow fruit aromas. Fuller, certainly rounder than the taught Vireuls. The intensity grows – this is very, very impressive – indeed! I love this.
2009 Leroux Benjamin, Bâtard-MontrachetMar. 2011
From Chassagne side. Owned by ‘the maison’ – everything’s done by a metayer “but done well.” The aromas are a little loose-knit. That said, this is very wide and has achingly long finishing flavours. Not showing at its best today.
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