Pictured: Benjamin LeRoux
Kellys Resort Hotel in Rosslare are having a very special on-line wine sale. Last month they imported over 30,000 bottles of wine for their 2020 List. Unfortunately due to their recent closure due to Covid-19, they are unable to sell the wines at the Hotel. All of the wines are directly imported from France from Burgundy, Rhone, Bordeaux, Loire, Alsace and Languedoc – Roussillon, and all offer great quality & value.
I attended a wine tasting at Kellys Resort Hotel on March 2nd presented by Benjamin Le Roux, a Burgundian négociant whose wines feature on Bill Kelly’s list.
Born in Beaune, his parents ran a flower shop in the town. He studied at the wine school in Burgundy from the age of 15 and at the age of 23 took over the wine-making role at Domaine Compte Amand in Pommard. He worked there for 15 years specializing in red wine wine making, using organic and biodynamic techniques. He left Compte Amand 15 years ago to set up his own negoicant business. Today he makes wine in 50 different appellations in Burgundy, 50% of which is white and 50% red. His wines are made from fruit grown in in Cote du Beaune and the Cote du Nuits. In 2007 Benjamin started to buy his own vineyards, mainly in Meursault and now owns approximately 7 ha of vineyards in the appellation.
We tasted his range of Meursault wines which included the 2017 Benjamin LeRoux Meursault, 2017 Meursault ‘Les Vireuils, 2017 Meursault ‘Les Narvaux’, 2017 Meursault ‘La Piece Sous le Bois’ 1er Cru and the 2017 Meursault ‘Les Genevrieres’ 1er Cru.
All were classic examples of the style, Benjamin does not use much new oak, the average age of his barrels is 7 years and he uses old 600 litre barrels. His vineyards are mostly clay and limestone soil. I loved the basic 2017 Meursault with its ripe tropical fruit notes and a lush round mouthfeel with with a hint of acidity lifting the ripe tropical fruit. Great value for a basic Meursault and very well made.
The 2017 Meursault ‘La Piece Sous le Bois’ 1er Cru was the stand-out wine for me, this is an emerging lieu dit and one with enormous potential. He didn’t use malolactic fermentation which gives this wine a lovely freshness, lots of citrus aromas on the nose but when tasted, ripe tropical fruit and beautifully well integrated wood, soft vanilla flavours that just hit the spot. Outstanding.
If you would like to view the range of wines on the Kelly’s list, click on the link below. They are now on offer in a very special on line sale at off-sale prices. To place an order you can email firstname.lastname@example.org