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Benjamin Leroux Chassagne Montrachet Tete du Clos Blanc 2015

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Tête du Clos is a sub-climate of Morgeot and is, to our mind, one of Chassagne’s top few 1er crus. Here, at the apex of the vineyard, the soil is almost ‘solid rock’ to quote Leroux, with some white marl and plenty of limestone rocks on the surface. It’s about the same altitude as Les Embazées, but this showcases a completely different expression of Chassagne. Leroux’s old-vine Tête du Clos parcel (0.4-hectares planted in 1955) produces small, concentrated clusters, and he only managed to get the insanely low yield of 18 hectolitres per hectare in 2015. The resulting power of the wine means that it saw a tad more new oak than the preceding Chassagnes; 25% in this case. Where Meadow’s refers to “reduction” below, what he is probably seeing is a vineyard character (due to the lack of topsoil), not winemaking artefact. As the man said—the wine is ‘Outstanding’.

“Enticing aromas of ripe peach and apple, musky hazelnut and sexy spices. Fat, silky and utterly seamless, with its richness nicely counterpointed by well-integrated acidity. A serious mouthful of wine with a long, spicy, lightly dusty finish.” 91-93 points, Stephen Tanzer,

Outstanding Top Value. “Here too the pungent nose is composed by notes of reduction and wood nuances. Otherwise there is impressive volume, mid-palate density and richness to the broad-shouldered and powerful flavors that possess a suave yet entirely serious mouth feel before concluding in a beautifully complex, balanced and lingering finish that is shaped by citrus-tinged acidity. In short, this is impressive and built for mid-term aging.” 90-93 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound issue 67

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Additional Information

Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesMinimal Intervention
Vineyard PracticesMinimal Intervention
Product typeWine White Chardonnay
Sub-RegionChassagne Montrachet

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