It's always exciting to follow the evolution of the wines from Burgundy's younger generation. So much of the success of this contemporary group comes from a deep understanding and passion about the families that preceded them. Although still a young man, Benjamin Leroux has more experience than any winemaker his age. Leroux's wines are now clearly in very select company with the likes of Lafon, Roulot, and Colin-Morey. With average production less than 200 cases per wine, the only challenge is securing enough for the demand of this star who's now in the crosshairs of collectors.

Finding a balance in white Burgundy where silky, gossamer texture doesn't come at the expense of tension and salinity is the ultimate high-wire act. And this is where Leroux excels like no other - In tastings among other terrific producers Benjamin's wines jump out for this quality. They're featherweight on the palate with a deep saturation of fruit, minerals, and finish long and incisive with a haunting salinity that has you reach for another sip immediately. Each cuvée is distinct and carries incredible clarity of place. The sense of luxury in these wines is vivid, but terroir is highlighted above all else.

Leroux began studying at Beaune's wine school at age 13. After working in Bordeaux, Oregon, and New Zealand he became winemaker at the revered Comte Armand estate in Pommard. After 30 years in the industry he has now began to focus nearly exclusively on his own label, still consulting for a bit for Comte Armand.

His Bourgogne Blanc is a staple for me each vintage, and brings a complexity that only 70-yr-old vines can, with many parcels sourced from Meursault and Puligny! Aged in 10% new oak.

Saint Romain Sous le Chateau comes from a 1.12 hectare parcel of vines originally planted in 1930! A personal favorite of the Leroux lineup, and the ideal argument to be made for the unmatched value to be found in the crisp and crystaline wines coming from Saint Romain in the best hands. Often a wine that outclasses those from more famed villages. 90% aged in large, neutral barrel. 10% in stainless steel.

Puligny Montrachet shows the more opulent and deeply layered composition of the heralded village. From three lieu dit parcels. Aged in 300-liter barrels, 15% new, with no bâttonage. Quintessential Puligny with an unrivaled lacy texture.

Meursault Vireuils comes from a .5 hectare parcel of 44-yr-old vines located in Meursault's highest altitude lieu dit, on chalky white limestone-dominant soil. Quintessential Meursault salinity with a tightly wrapped mineral core buffered with the ample fruit of the vintage. Aged in larger 300-L barrels, 15% new wood.

Meursault Narvaux comes from a .12 hectare parcel of 45-yr-old vines on iron-rich red soil in this famed Meursault site located just above 1er Cru Genevrières. Aged in one-year old barrels.

Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Tête du Clos is the ultimate class act of the lineup, with dense concentrated fruit balanced by weightless texture. A .4 hectare parcel of 62-yr-old vines famous for its tiny clusters. This is one of Chassagne's most fabled 1er Crus. Aged in 20% new wood.

2012 Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Blanc 
$38 per bottle

2015 Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Blanc
$35 per bottle.

2015 Benjamin Leroux Saint Romain Sous le Château
$44 per bottle.

2015 Benjamin Leroux Puligny Montrachet
$81 per bottle.

2015 Benjamin Leroux Meursualt Vireuils
$78 per bottle.

2015 Benjamin Leroux Meursualt Narvaux
$84 per bottle.

2015 Benjamin Leroux Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Tête du Clos
$135 per bottle