Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Blanc 2013
As per previous vintages, this comes mostly from 60-year-old vines rooted in a single site in Meursault called Les Millerands (so named because of the small bunches and berries that result in this terroir). Millerands is on the Puligny side of Meursault. This 2013 also includes some Meursault Sous la Velle (just below the village) as well as Belles Côtes, a Bourgogne-level parcel sited under Les Malpoiriers at the base of the Volnay côte-vines in this site are also farmed by Coche and Roulot. Leroux now owns his parcel in Les Millerands, taking his Bourgogne holdings up to 1.2-hectares. There is also a healthy slug of Puligny fruit - from the Meursault side of the village.
Each of the parcels is raised separately before blending and there is no new oak used here, as this wine now spends its first year in a large format 1200 hl vessel (to emphasise its bright, tangy fruit) followed by six months in tank on lees.
With all fruit picked before the heavy rain (3rd October), this captures the vibrant energy of 2013 very well.
With its quality fruit source(s), it's a wine built to over deliver and it does just that; it's a classically sappy, racy white with fabulous depth for the level. There's lots of smoky white peach, floral and lime leaf notes and the wine's fleshy fruit is set against a crisp, racy backbone.