Diam. Leroux calls this vineyard the “Chevalier-Montrachet of the south” with good reason. Tête du Clos is one of the manysub-climats of Morgeot and lies at the apex of the vineyard where the soil is very rocky. There is barely 20 centimetres of topsoil, with white clay and plenty of limestone on the surface. It’s about the same altitude as Les Embazées, but it showcases a completely different expression of Chassagne—both richer and more mineral (hence the Chevalier reference).
Leroux’s old-vine parcel (0.4-hectares planted in 1955) produces small, concentrated clusters and the resulting power means that it sees a tad more new oak than the preceding wine. Here you have genuine depth of fruit combined with intense, earthy minerality, and a wine that lives up to its baby Grand Cru reputation.
Outstanding “A moderately pungent broad-ranging nose grudgingly offers up aromas of resin, petrol, apple compote and an airy top note of citrus rind. There is fine volume to the succulent yet quite serious flavors that pack plenty of punch on the robust, powerful and tightly wound finish. This built-to-age effort is already excellent and it's potentially outstanding.” 91-94 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound