Benjamin Leroux was a young man when he took over winemaking at the fabled Comte Armand on Bastille Day in 1999, having apprenticed at the estate in the early ’90s with Pascal Marchand. Benjamin then went to university in Dijon and worked in Oregon and New Zealand and at Cos d’Estournel. He set up shop on his own in 2007 and now works out of a modern winery in Beaune.
Since the beginning, Benjamin has been lauded by critics and collectors alike. He is a strong advocate for the lunar cycle and biodynamics and is an expert on the terroirs of Burgundy, holding long-term leases in many renowned vineyards. His winemaking can be defined by what it is not: dogmatic. Techniques vary vintage to vintage and wine to wine. He likes blending different parcels of single crus or single villages, as he believes the sum is often greater than the parts. Benjamin is one of the most thoughtful winemakers we know, constantly experimenting and improving his winemaking process and, thus, the wines themselves.