Diam. . Leroux has called this vineyard the “Chevalier-Montrachet of the south”, with good reason. Tête du Clos is one of the many sub-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 0.4-hectare old-vine parcel (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.
“Glowing mid primrose. Hugely powerful bouquet with such intensity. As always I find this brilliant. 50 year old degenerate vines, magical intensity, some spice behind. Very complete, hasn’t taken the sun too much. A wine to eat as much as drink.” 92-95 points, Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy
“Outstanding. Like the Porusots, the nose is dominated by residual secondary fermentation aromas. By contrast the clean, bright and fresh larger-scaled flavors possess excellent mid-palate density as well as impressive power on the palate coating and almost chewy finish that isn't rustic but it's close. This is potentially outstanding if it can develop more depth over the next decade.” 91-94 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound