I am often asked about up-and-coming winemakers and new ”hot” producers, especially from Burgundy. I, like many of you, constantly seek out new wines and winemakers. It helps me explore the wine world. Here is one gem that I was introduced to by a well-respected collector at a dinner I hosted with John Hart.
Meet Benjamin Leroux. Benjamin is the winemaker at Domaine Comte Armand by day and he runs his private label by night. His wines are still relatively undiscovered, but the quality is exceptional. Benjamin first launched his own label at a new facility in the center of Beaune that he shares with Dominique Lafon.
Benjamin currently produces about 120 barrels per vintage, sourcing his high-quality fruit from vineyards he manages, vineyards he owns, and other fruit he purchases from his contacts in Burgundy. His first vintage launched 2007, specializing in Puligny and Volnay. The wines from Benjamin Leroux are all incredibly well-made with balance, purity of fruit and elegance. His winemaking philosophy is one of low intervention; let the wine and vineyard express themselves. He is also a proponent of Biodynamic farming and winemaking, and preusing this at both Comte Armand and Maison Leroux.
He produces excellent wines in the Côte d’Or, top vineyards include Auxey-Duresses , Meursault, Les Poruzots, Chassagne-Montrachet, Tête du Clos, and Cotron-Charlemagne as well as the equally delicious and affordable Bourgogne Blanc and Bourgogne Rouge. If you are lucky enough to find or taste his Grand Cru reds, the Bonnes Mares, Les Amouruses and Griotte are exceptional wines, on par with the best producers.
Take a look at the endorsement Jancis Robinson learned about him, “You may remember that when I asked Allen Meadows, aka Burghound, on this video who he thought might be a natural heir to the late great Henri Jayer of Burgundy, one of the two people he cited was young Benjamin Leroux of Domaine Comte Armand.” Jancis Robinson, Jan 2009
We are lucky at HDH to have access to many of Leroux’s wines. I invite you to buy a few bottles and taste the “hype”. I know you will not be disappointed. My personal favorites are the 2011 Chassagne-Montrachet, Tête du Clos, Maison Benjamin Leroux and the 2011 Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Champeaux, Maison Benjamin Leroux