Benjamin Leroux, the highly talented régisseur of Domaine Comte Armand, started a négociant operation in a building just off the traffic circle in Beaune (known as the périphérique, or just the périph by the locals) that he shares with Nicholas Rossignol in 2007. Leroux emphasizes that he wants to keep his operation small and focus on terroirs that he finds "interesting or under appreciated". He works essentially as he does at Comte Armand and notes, importantly, that for both reds and whites he buys exclusively grapes and not must or new wine. The operation is very small and will eventually specialise, primarily, in Puligny and Volnay, but with many other appellations also covered. While there are over twenty terroirs produced, this is certainly a ‘micro negociant’ operation with only two to five barrels made of most of the cuvees. Leroux works with vineyards he manages, vineyards he owns and also buys fruit (never juice or wine) from growers with who he can work closely; growers that produce the quality of fruit to match Leroux’s exacting standards. Half of the vineyards that Leroux works with are currently organic or biodynamic (this percentage is growing) and 100% of the sites are ploughed with no herbicides or pesticides used at all in any of the sites.
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
"You may remember that when I asked Allen Meadows, aka Burghound, on this video who he thought might be a natural heir to the late great Henri Jayer of Burgundy, one of the two people he cited was young Benjamin Leroux of Domaine Comte Armand."
Jancis Robinson, Jan 2009
"Leroux’s passion, ambition and sheer talent have already resulted in a number of stunning, beautiful wines, but my sense is that the best is yet to come.”
Wine Advocate # 194 May 2011