Natural cork. ‘Mitans’ derives from the old French for centre, and fittingly, this Cru lies at the heart of the appellation (on the slopes beneath the village). This 0.65-hectare parcel is close to the Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Barre and encroaches into the Mitans l’Ormeau lieu-dit. The soil here is fine clay shot through with limestone, and the vines are, on average, 50 years old. Just a pinch of whole bunch this year.
Les Mitans is considered one of the most elegant, fine-boned and cerebral expressions of Volnay—even though Leroux delivers a wine of real depth and intensity. The wine is true to its terroir; it’s a delicate and perfumed Volnay that reminds of Chambolle.
“Outstanding. There is a vague whiff of menthol to the equally pretty aromas of various red berries, orange peel, spiced tea and rose petal. The lacy, delicious and appealingly textured medium-bodied flavors possess a building intensity that culminates in a dusty and youthfully austere finish. This solidly persistent effort needs more depth, but the underlying material appears to be present such that more should develop in time.” 92 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound
“The 2019 Volnay Les Mitans 1er Cru has an elegant bouquet of red cherries, crushed strawberry and light crushed rock aromas that become more floral with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine definition, the tiny proportion of whole bunch imparting a soupçon of pepperiness toward the finish. Very fine.” 90-92 points, Neal Martin, Vinous