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Benjamin Leroux Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes Dessus 2021

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Benjamin Leroux Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes Dessus 2021
Producer Benjamin Leroux
Region, Country Meursault, France
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 12
Product Code 23045-750

Diam. Following the 2017 harvest, Leroux managed something of a coup when he won a hard-fought tender to acquire this vineyard, within a parcel of others. The purchase also included a small selection of village plots (including Clos du Village), but the real prizes were well-sited parcels in Volnay Santenots (Les Plures), Meursault-Blagny and this small piece of Charmes Premier Cru, lying directly beneath Clos Perrières. It’s a sliver of vines in the upper (dessus) portion of the vineyard—a section that has been singled out since the 1830s as being the finest part of Les Charmes. This is because the slope here is considerably steeper, and the soil lighter and stonier, than in the lower Charmes-Dessous. Just a single barrel was made this year, raised in 520-litre oak previously used for the Bâtard-Montrachet. 




Benjamin Leroux Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes Dessus 2021

Reviews

“More lemon than lime in the colour, with a notably generous bouquet, much greater fruit weight than the Genevrières, in that respect more a 2020, yet with a good core of acidity as well. The oak works very well with this.”
92-95 points, Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy
“The 2021 Meursault Les Charmes-Dessus 1er Cru, made in a bespoke 520-liter used barrel from Chassin, has a very subtle reduction on the nose, but I feel there is more complexity and mineralite than the Genevrières. The palate is beautifully balanced, again, with a very clever reduction, plenty of depth and tension with a persistent, lightly spiced finish that has almost a flinty edge. Superb.”
93-95 points, Neal Martin, Vinous
“This is a reasonably new parcel for Benjamin Leroux (since 2018), and the results in 2021 were encouraging. There are reductive smoky notes up front and lots of citrus and nectarine fruit aromas with an edge of white flowers and mineral. The texture is supple and round, nicely substantial and quite approachable. Leroux relates that there was little mildew in this site, the fruit was picked very clean and fermented in cask to produce this delicious wine with a pleasantly savoury finish.”
93 points, Charles Curtis MW, Decanter

Reviews

“More lemon than lime in the colour, with a notably generous bouquet, much greater fruit weight than the Genevrières, in that respect more a 2020, yet with a good core of acidity as well. The oak works very well with this.”
92-95 points, Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy
“The 2021 Meursault Les Charmes-Dessus 1er Cru, made in a bespoke 520-liter used barrel from Chassin, has a very subtle reduction on the nose, but I feel there is more complexity and mineralite than the Genevrières. The palate is beautifully balanced, again, with a very clever reduction, plenty of depth and tension with a persistent, lightly spiced finish that has almost a flinty edge. Superb.”
93-95 points, Neal Martin, Vinous
“This is a reasonably new parcel for Benjamin Leroux (since 2018), and the results in 2021 were encouraging. There are reductive smoky notes up front and lots of citrus and nectarine fruit aromas with an edge of white flowers and mineral. The texture is supple and round, nicely substantial and quite approachable. Leroux relates that there was little mildew in this site, the fruit was picked very clean and fermented in cask to produce this delicious wine with a pleasantly savoury finish.”
93 points, Charles Curtis MW, Decanter

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