Usually drawn from Vignes Blanches (often referenced as Les Criots) on the Vosne border, this year Leroux went to the opposite end of the appellation. En Orveaux is a five-hectare climat bordering Chambolle and one of Echézeaux’s coolest sites given its exposure to the winds funnelling down the valley of Orveau. Fermented with 80% whole bunches, only a single barrel was produced.
“An admirably deft application of wood surrounds the spicy red pinot fruit aromas that are trimmed in nuances of violet, rose petal, lavender and tea. The sophisticated and attractively textured flavors possess a seductive texture that carries over to the lingering finish that is nicely balanced. I would make the same observation here that this is very pretty if a bit light for what it is.” 90-92 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 74
“There's only one barrel of this superb red, sourced from the En Orveaux climat, but it's a delicious expression of this large grand cru, showing layered red fruits, tangy acidity, subtle wood and a long, complex and satisfying finish.” 96 points, Tim Atkin MW, Decanter