From Genavrières premier cru but he doesn’t want to create a label for just one year so will sell it as a village wine. Wasn’t happy with the village grapes so went for the premier cru. Very rich nose – purple somehow – and quite transparent. Taffeta-textured and quite rose-petal flavoured. Pretty exciting for a village wine! Quite a bit of acidity. GV ?
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2029
Robert Parker 95-97
“The 2016 Clos St Denis Grand Cru has a clean and fresh bouquet with a delicate floral aspect that complements the vibrant red berry fruit. This conveys a sense of class and nobility. You are in the presence of a serious Burgundy! The palate is silky smooth with filigreed tannin, pitch-perfect acidity and a sensual, long and crystalline finish. This may well be the best 2016 from Benjamin Leroux. This is quite brilliant and up there among the best I have tasted from this grand cru in barrel.”
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2050
The 2016 Clos-Saint-Denis Grand Cru from Leroux stands as one of the finest bottled wines that I have tasted from this producer. It offers copious red and blue fruit on the nose – redcurrant jam, blueberry and fleeting cassis aromas, very well defined with a floral component more conspicuous than its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin. This delivers the weight and intensity you expect from a Grand Cru, with countervailing finesse and refinement that can only derive from the most propitious terroirs. Extremely long on the sorbet-like finish with hints of cracked black pepper, such is the crystalline nature of this wine that you could broach a bottle now and not be overcome with guilt. Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2016 tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2060