2013 1er Cru Chevrets Domaine Henri Boillot
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Nose quite compact with black cherry, palate supple, then with fine tannins building - good weight and concentration. Tannic finale, but this is all in harmony, and it is very long. Drinking range: 2018 - L&S (Nov 2014)
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(from 25+ year old vines). An airy, fresh and distinctly cool nose displays an elegant mélange of dark cherry, essence of raspberry and plum along with hints of spice, floral and tea. The mouth feel of the silky and refined middle weight flavors is notably finer and I very much like the vibrancy that continues onto the balanced and lingering finish. The overall impression of refinement is enhanced by the notably fine grain of the tannins and this is really lovely, indeed it’s very Volnay. 2020+ Rating: 91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Apr 2015)
Solid and at this stage a bit chunky. But it should age well and the fruit seems relatively ripe. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 16.5+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2015)
Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Jan 2015)
The 2013 Volnay 1er Cru les Chevrets errs more toward red fruit than black fruit, unlike Henri Boillot’s other premier cru. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, touches of mocha and leather emerging toward the finish where the new oak is conspicuous at the moment. Give this a couple of years in bottle. It just feels a little conservative compared to others at present. Drinking range: 2017 - 2027 Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Dec 2014)
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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