A real mix of sources this year. Leroux’s estate parcels in Les Millerands, Sous la Velle (both in Meursault) and Les Belles Côtes are joined by fruit from Puligny and the Hautes-Côtes. There’s also a parcel of Vosne-Romanée Bourgogne-level in the mix. The result, as you will taste, is at least as great as the sum of its parts. Raised in 12-hectolitre foudres and some 300-litre barrels, this has serious richness, depth and class for the level. The palate shows almond, grapefruit and juicy white peaches. Impeccable structure and a very long finish.
Pair with roast chicken or garlic prawns.
Varietal / Blend: Chardonnay
Farming Practices: Practising Organics
Benjamin Leroux, the gifted manager/winemaker of Domaine Comte Armand launched his own label with the 2007 vintage. Leroux works with vineyards he manages, vineyards he owns and also buys fruit (never juice or wine) from growers with who he can work closely; growers that produce the quality of fruit to match Leroux’s exacting standards.
Half of the vineyards that Leroux works with are currently organic or biodynamic (this percentage is growing) and 100% of the sites are ploughed with no herbicides or pesticides used at all in any of the sites.
Leroux’s knowledge of the Côte is encyclopedic and he has been able to unearth some very interesting, previously hardly known sources for his portfolio. It’s important not to underestimate how close Leroux works these growers as that is one of the keys to his ability to coax the finest fruit quality from the vineyards. It goes without saying that he never buys juice or finished wine, only fruit, and that he nominates the harvest dates and will pick himself if necessary.