Clos de la Cave des Ducs is a Monopole vineyard that measures only 0.64 hectares and is owned by the family of Leroux’s right-hand man, Jean-Charles Carré. It’s a wine that was rarely seen before Leroux started bottling this site. With Jean-Charles, Leroux controls every aspect of viticulture and so the site is managed biodynamically and with meticulous care. The vineyard is situated within the upper boundaries of the village─the highest 1er Cru of Volnay in fact─on fine, light soils. The oldest vines here are now 80 years old although the average age evens out to be about 50 years, and includes a 20-year-old massale selection parcel sourced from Comte Armand’s Clos des Epeneaux. This year Leroux retained one-third whole bunches. The best Clos de la Cave des Ducs Leroux has made? The grower certainly thinks so and it’s not hard to see why. It’s deep and fleshy with great fruit purity (dark cherry, ink, brown spices), great finesse, seductive texture and excellent persistence. There’s plenty of tannin but they are very fine. Don't miss it! It’s a great drink now but will be a truly great bottle in 5-10 years.
“It has a very subtle bouquet, tightly wound and poised, featuring crushed stone, almost flint-like aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, wonderful poise and purity and a sappy, very silky finish that is utterly seductive. This is one of Leroux’s best reds this year.” 91-93 points, Neal Martin, Vinous January 2019
“A cool, airy and admirably pure combination of essence of red pinot fruit sprinkled with lovely spice and floral wisps gives way to super-sleek and intense flavors that are also intensely mineral-driven on the slightly less linear and strict finale. This too will need a few years to add flesh but it ultimately should be lovely.” 89-92 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound issue 75