2011 1er Cru Santenots Domaine Henri Boillot
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Fuller and velvetier yet. Much more 'vinous' and less mineral. Round and mouthfilling while still having the pull and strictness of the others. A 'vin gourmand', the tannins are here but subsumed in the weight of richness. L&S (Dec 2012)
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Here too the oak regimen is more than simply evident though it stops short of dominating the black cherry, spiced plum, violet and earth suffused nose. The flavor profile is slightly finer than that of the more muscular Champans with excellent definition and verve if not quite the same mid-palate concentration. There is stunningly good length and faultless balance and overall, this is a combination of finesse, focused power and excellent complexity. As is the case with the Champans the underlying material is such that this should have no problem absorbing the wood. 2021+ Rating: 93 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Apr 2013)
Deep red-ruby. Black raspberry, dark chocolate, game and a wild hint of leather on the nose, with a floral element emerging with air. Sweet, rich, broad and deep, boasting a velour-like, utterly mouthfilling texture that's rare for the vintage. Excellent acidity gives this firmly tannic, very long wine terrific energy and lift. Very strong Santenots. Rating: 92-94 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(Feb 2013)
Deepish bright crimson. Quite concentrated on the nose. Polished and sophisticated. Lots of fruit packed in here. Almost too brutal but I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt. 2017-2027 Rating: 16.5+ 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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