POMMARD

2012 1er Cru Rugiens Henri Boillot

EN PRIMEUR

Bright and fresh, then firmly tannic. Tastes like a wine from the rocky, upper slope, with well-defined minerals and chalk-fine tannins, although Henri says it is a mix of vines from the higher and lower parts. Firms and pure. He agrees it has the 'tonique' bracing quality of the high part.L&S (Jan 2014)

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Bright medium red. Fresher and less roasted than the Chevrets, showing lovely mineral lift to the complex aromas of red cherry, iron, underbrush and spices; the Boillots benefited from the energy provided by the portion of their vines that are located in Rugiens du Haut. A sappy expression of soil on the palate, with red fruit, wild herb and white pepper flavors lifted and carried by a menthol quality. Finishes sappy and fresh, with firm tannins and strong soil character. A terrific showing, but built to age. Drinking range: 2020 - 2032 Rating: 93+ Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Mar 2015)

Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2014)

Fragrant violet nose, gentle and delicate. Underpowered, understated – underwhelming, really. Seems a bit mean. 2017-2025 Rating: 16 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2014)

(a combination of Haut and Bas; 50% new oak): Full medium red. Musky dark berries, chocolate and herbs on the nose, lifted by a peppery element. Intensely flavored and spicy but quite young and unevolved, showing less texture and early sweetness than the premier crus from Volnay. But this wine already boasts excellent precision and spine, thanks to firm, harmonious acidity. Finishes strong and long, with solid but refined tannins. I may have caught this in an awkward stage Rating: 91-93 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan 2014)

Henri Boillot complements his domaine wines with a small range of négociant wines of superb quality in very limited quantities. A few of the whites are offered here - an opportunity to buy some of Burgundy's rarest appellations from a top source.

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