Bottled in magnum only. Leroux’s parcel within Bonnes-Mares has always been managed organically, having never had any chemicals used on its soils. It’s a tiny plot (0.10 hectares) in the southern sector of the Grand Cru, on the Chambolle side. Leroux’s vines were planted in 1983 on a type of soil called terres blanches, that has a great concentration of rocky limestone with countless fossils. His neighbour here is Christophe Roumier. The 2017 was vinified with just 10% whole bunches and aged in one-third new oak. As with all quality Bonnes-Mares it will benefit enormously from time in bottle.
“A brooding and recalcitrant nose grudgingly displays a deeply pitched array of plum liqueur, dark currant, forest floor and wisps of spice elements. There is both excellent drive and power to the large-scaled and well-detailed flavors that are very clearly built-to-age on the impressively persistent and complex finale. This is excellent but this will not be an early drinker and especially not in magnum format so plenty of patience will be necessary.” 92-94 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 75
“Located entirely on white soils, this comes from Chambolle-Musigny and shows the freshness and focus that often seems to be related to limestone soils. Chalky and intense, with chiselled acidity, it's a wine that needs time to take on more fruit weight. The one-third new oak, is, as ever, very well handled.” 95 points, Tim Atkin MW, Decanter
“The 2017 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru has a lovely, floral bouquet that is very well defined, traces of violet filtering through the black cherries and bilberry fruit. This particular cru had not been racked at the time of my visit. Nevertheless, it opens wonderfully with a succulent, sensual cassis-tinged finish that lingers on the finish. Give this four or five years. Excellent.” 92-94 points, Neal Martin, Vinous January 2019