Benjamin Leroux is one of the most exciting winemakers in Burgundy today. His career began in 1999, when he took over the reins at Domaine Comte Armand at the young age of 24. He remained at the estate for 15 years, though during his trajectory, founded his own domaine / micro-négoce back in 2007. Contrary to many Burgundian greats, Benjamin does not come from a winemaking family, meaning that there were no family vineyards to be inherited – which makes his story all the more impressive.
A fervent believer in organic and biodynamic farming, Benjamin tends his estate-owned vineyards as such. For his négoce wines, he works exclusively with purchased fruit (as opposed to juice or wine) that is also farmed responsibly. His lineup of cuvées is nothing short of awe-inspiring, as he works with fruit from appellations across the entire Côte d’Or, from Gevrey-Chambertin down to Chassagne-Montrachet.
Prior to creating his own company, Benjamin worked in numerous locations outside of Burgundy, including Oregon, New Zealand, and Bordeaux. His international experiences have certainly played a role in his winemaking ethos, which is one rooted in precision and site reflection. From village-level to grand cru, Benjamin’s wines are vibrant, thought provoking, and unbelievably ageworthy. His reds strike the highly coveted intense-yet-fresh flavor profile, and his whites remain vibrant, energetic, and as dynamic as the personality behind them. It’s no surprise that these wines are quickly becoming some of the most sought-after bottles coming out of Burgundy today.
Benjamin is nothing short of an expert on the micro-terroirs of Burgundy. A native to the region, his knowledge of the land is monumental, which certainly plays into the precision and vividly site-expressive nature of his wines.