Gevrey-Chambertin 2016, Benjamin Leroux
£54.95 per bottle
Leroux's 2016 hails from 50 year old vines of Les Seuvrées (bordering Morey and 50% of the blend), the northern limestone-rich La Justice, and old vines in Le Fourneau - in the centre of the appellation. Each parcel is vinified separately before blending. There was minimal whole bunch here, and, unlike previous years, the wine was aged two-thirds in tank and the remainder in a "beautiful" 35 hl foudre. There is super class and finesse on offer here. So silky and elegant and juicy. Leroux really has refined this appellation in terms of the purity and prettiness he is delivering from Gevrey. Off the charts delicious."Good dark red. Subtly complex aromas of redcurrant, smoky underbrush and dried rose petal. A lovely silky, lightly saline midweight with noteworthy red berry intensity. Like the Vougeot Clos du Village and Savigny-lès-Beaune, this wine finished its malolactic fermentation very early. This is normally Leroux's largest cuvée (about 10,000 bottles per year) and does not include any declassified premier cru fruit in 2016. Should make a terrific village wine."
90-92 points, Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com