2011 1er Cru Chevrets Domaine Henri Boillot
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Chevrets is an 'island' in Les Caillerets, with gravelly red soil. Dark, damson and dry black character, still with an undertow of tannin and salinity. Velvet, but the tannins are elegant and silky, just pulling out the finish. L&S (Dec 2012)
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(from 25+ year old vines). A deft touch of wood sets off the notably ripe mix of cassis and various dark berries that elegantly introduces the cool, pure and energetic flavors that seemed fashioned from nothing but silk and satin, all wrapped in a delicate, refined and beautifully balanced finish. This is a classic Chevret of matchless finesse. 2018+ Rating: 91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Apr 2013)
Bright red-ruby. Rather brooding aromas of cassis, blackberry, smoke and licorice are pure and discreet. Surprisingly rich on entry, then lush and seamless in the middle, but with very good acidity framing and lifting the black fruit and game flavors. The powerful, rising finish features building tannins and a distinct thick-skinned character. The old vines in Boillot's parcel were strongly affected by millerandage, which largely explains this wine's extra measure of texture and concentration. Boillot noted that his 2011s generally have 3.8 to 4 grams per liter of acidity following the malos, which is quite healthy for the vintage Rating: 91-93 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(Feb 2013)
Rating: 17+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com(Jan 2013)
Unusually deep crimson. Very concentrated – unusually so for a 2011. But the fruit is fresh and has some energy. Bone dry – no wallowing in gentle sweet fruit here – but it may well have more longevity than most 2011 Volnays. Ambitious certainly! 2017-2025 Rating: 16+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2013)
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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