Sandwiched between Saint-Romain and Meursault, Auxey-Duresses is one of the high quality off-piste Villages of the Côte de Beaune. Its vineyards below the village abut the Meursault Villages Les Vireuils dessus and Les Miex Chavaux, yet due to a contortion in the slope they remain north-facing and are therefore affected by the cool air rolling down the Hautes-Côtes. It's from these cool, mineral terroirs - Les Hautés, Les Macabrée and Les Boutonniers - that Leroux sources his fruit for this cuvée. The yields were at least 50% down in 2012 (equating to only 18 hl/ha of juice) and subsequently this has more stone fruit density than usual, yet the rocky, mineral terroir of Auxey still sings through. In fact it's the wine's stone-polished purity and zingy citrus, chalk and spearmint cut that provide the defining features. The finish is fabulously rocky and mineral, and lingers on and on. 10% new wood only.
'Here the nose is a bit riper with its pretty mix of white peach, green fruit and hint of honey. There is excellent richness to the generously proportioned flavors that possess good mid-palate fat before concluding in a delicious finish that once again is clean and agreeably dry if not particularly complex.' 87 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound.com issue 55