2010 1er Cru Fremiets Domaine Henri Boillot
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
Still a touch gassy when I tasted, which will have hardened it a little, but a very dark colour and a powerful dense wine with quite serious tannic grip. Very impressive. L&S (Dec 2011)
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The 2010 Volnay Les Fremiets is impressive for its sheer richness and concentration. Dark cherries, cola, mocha, licorice and tar literally explode from the glass in this full-bodied, opulent Burgundy. Even with its super-ripe, almost extreme expression of fruit, there is more than enough minerality to provide balance. The Fremiets is not for the faint of heart, but it is a beautiful wine in its own way. Rating: 90-92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Nov 2013)
This was noticeably reduced and I strongly advise decanting it if you’re going to try an example young. By contrast there is good vivacity to the detailed and pure middle weight flavors that are shaped by extremely fine tannins that are notably more structured than the villages. At present, the flavor profile is quite compact and firm and this will require at least 10 years to be at its best and 12 would not surprise me. 2020+ Rating: 91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Apr 2012)
Full red-ruby. Wild black raspberry, mocha, earth, leather and menthol on the nose, with a note of minerality emerging with air. Tightly wound and rather inexpressive today, but already showing excellent calcaire punch to its saline soil tones. The vibrant back end features serious tannins that saturate the mouth and reach the front teeth. Fremiets was the first vineyard Boillot harvested in 2010 and this wine will almost certainly need seven or eight years of bottle aging to deliver on its potential. Rating: 92 - 94 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(Jan 2012)
Domaine Henri Boillot
A domaine which dates to 1885, but which began properly in the early years of the 20th century under the current Henri's grandfather (also Henri). His son, Jean, was the one who really developed it. Henri arrived in 1975 and worked his way up, becoming the winemaker. In 2000 he began the building of the new winery at the bottom of Meursault, and he then bought out his brother and sister to keep the domaine as one, renaming it from 'Domaine Jean Boillot' to 'Domaine Henri Boillot' to avoid confusion with his brother Jean-Marc's domaine.
After six years working alongside his father, Guillaume is the 'chef de culture', i.e. heads up the vineyard team, and has been entirely responsible for the vinification of the reds since 2012. Henri continues to make the whites which he likes to be 'straight, taut, precise, pure and elegant'. Guillaume's input has resulted in red wines that have gained in definition and energy, without losing the luxurious velvety richness and fruit depth that they have always had.
The Domaine totals around 14 hectares, with roughly equal surfaces of red and white, and of which just under 4ha is the Monopole vineyard of Clos de la Mouchère, a walled enclave within the premier Cru Puligny Perrières. The 2017 vintage saw the arrival of two new parcels of Grand Cru red, in Échezeaux and Latricières Chambertin
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