2017 Benjamin Leroux Pommard
With both this cuvée and the wonderful Rugiens-Hauts, Leroux is back in Pommard with a bang. The 2017 is a blend of Les Vaumuriens, high on the slope, and Les Cras on the lower slope─both vineyards lie on the Volnay side of the village. This was crafted from 100% destemmed berries and raised with roughly 20% new oak. It’s a stunning example of Pommard villages with loads of dark cherry, ink, forest floor notes and all kinds of spice. Both layered and structured, this is simply a brilliant expression.
“The 2017 Pommard Village, which comes from Les Cras and Vaumuriens, had not been racked, unlike the Volnay Village. It has a vivid, floral bouquet that conveys impressive vibrancy. The palate is medium-bodied with plenty of juicy ripe dark cherry fruit mixed with boysenberries, almost Volnay-like in its roundness and silky texture. This will be irresistible in its youth.” 88-90 points, Neal Martin