Benjamin Leroux, Chardonnay, Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru "La Pièce Sous le Bois" Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France 2019
Sitting astride the famous white wine villages of Meursault and Puligny, Blagny is a little-known, all-red village. A vineyard in Blagny's jurisdiction planted to white is labeled with the name of one of the better-known neighbors, with the choice of putting either the general "Blagny" or the specific on the label. Blagny has often fallen behind its more popular neighbors, as vignerons see more benefit to planting Chardonnay and letting the notoriety of these other appellations sell their wine. As a result, only 10% of the vineyards in the limits of Blagny village are actually planted to Pinot Noir. Benjamin Leroux is convinced of this terroir's qualitative potential for Pinot Noir as well as Chardonnay, acquiring more land here in 2017 in order to make more of this cuvée.
This vineyard has one of the highest elevations of all the Meursault 1er Cru terroirs. Ben Leroux describes it as Saint Aubin-style altitude, which is a rarity for red wines.
Region: Côte de Beaune