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Benjamin Leroux Volnay Clos de la Cuve des Ducs Rouge 2015

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Cork. Clos de la Cave des Ducs is a monopole vineyard that measures only 0.64 hectare and is owned by the family of Leroux’s right hand man, Jean-Charles Carré. It’s a wine that was rarely seen before Leroux started bottling this site. With Jean-Charles, Leroux controls every aspect of viticulture and so the site is managed biodynamically and with meticulous care. The vineyard is situated within the upper boundaries of the village – the highest 1er cru of Volnay in fact - on fine, light soils. The oldest vines here are now eighty years old although the average age evens out to about 50 years, and includes a 20 year old massale selection parcel sourced from Comte Armand's Clos des Epeneaux. This year Leroux utilised 60% whole bunch ferments and just 20% new oak. As Neal Martin alludes to, it’s a wine that somewhat contradicts the flamboyant stereotype of the vintage; a striking synthesis of floral, silky fruit, classical, high born structure and lasting freshness and drive.

“The floral elements are even more prominent here with a similar fruit profile. The tighter and even more delineated flavors possess a taut muscularity as well as firmer if slightly less fine structure on the impressively long, youthfully austere and balanced finale.” 90-92 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound issue 66

“The 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Caves des Ducs has a very pure bouquet: blackberry, raspberry coulis, a touch of wild forest floor and minerals - there is wonderful focus and control here. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, the 50% whole bunch adding a little more edginess compared to the completely de-stemmed Volnay les Mitans, with precision all the way through to the finish. This is a "killer" offering from Benjamin Leroux.” 92-94 points Neal Martin, Wine Advocate #228

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Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesMinimal Intervention
Vineyard PracticesMinimal Intervention
Product typeWine Red Pinot Noir

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