Benjamin Leroux, Blagny 1er Cru (Burgundy, France) La Piece Sous le Bois 2019

($80, Becky Wasserman Selection):  The hamlet of Blagny sits high on the slope within the limits of Meursault and adjacent to Puligny-Montrachet.  Red wines from this terroir carry the Blagny appellation, while whites are labeled Meursault-Blagny.  The elevation of the site, which keeps the grapes cool, plus the talent of Benjamin Leroux accounts for the wine’s charm and balance.  This one, typical of red wines from this locale, has a subtle exotic clove or all-spice character.  The velvety texture makes you think of Volnay.  As with Leroux’s Savigny-les-Beaune, this red Blagny has charm and finesse, which makes it delightful for current consumption.  But don’t be fooled by the precocious pleasure it provides.  This, too, will evolve beautifully.
92 Michael Apstein Jan 18, 2022