Due to its small size (at 6.6 hectares it’s about one-third of the size of Clos de la Roche) and fragmented ownership, this is one of the Côte d’Or’s least-tasted Grand Cru vineyards. For a number of years, Leroux has been making an outstanding example from a parcel of vines (planted in 1962) smack-bang in the original Clos (there are another three climats or historic lieux-dits grouped together under the Clos Saint-Denis AOC). So, this is from the historic vineyard of the same name, specifically from a tiny, 0.13-hectare parcel which has always been managed organically.
As per last year, the wine was entirely de-stemmed and aged in one-third new barrels. Leroux always refers to this Grand Cru as “mon chouchou”, which means teacher’s pet or favourite. That said, there’s some pretty stiff competition coming from 2018! In the context of the vintage Leroux describes his 2018 as being a super fine, pretty and perfumed example.
“Ripe purple, super powerful explosive bouquet, very ripe but not unbalanced. Plump, deep ripe cherry mouthful, flamboyant, useful tannins, not too much acidity. This weighs in at 14% but is a lovely wine nonetheless and should be accessible quite early on.” 92-95 points, Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy