2016 1er Cru Pucelles Domaine Henri Boillot
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Brighter, almost spritz-like with excitement and energy. Super sharp feel with a tropical punch, this has great juiciness to accompany the acidity. Blossomy apple flower notes meld with warm, soft pineapple and a touch of honey - but not sweet. Finishes broad, saline and complete. L&S (Oct 2017)
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Reticent, mineral-driven aromas of yellow fruits, smoke and crushed stone, plus a hint of iodiney oyster-shell minerality. Broad, silky and fine-grained, conveying a powerful impression of terroir to its savory stone fruit, spice and salty mineral flavors. A wine of considerable finesse for its thickness and dimension, this beauty finishes with outstanding slow-mounting persistence and a light touch. Drinking range: 2024 - 2033 Rating: 94 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com(Sep 2018)
A beautifully layered nose displays top notes of honeysuckle together with spiced pear, apple and smoky nuances. There is exceptional richness to the delicious, concentrated and punchy medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a notably dry but not really austere finish that delivers stunningly good length. This is a powerful Pucelles yet it remains a wine of grace. Drinking range: 2028 - Rating: 94 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jun 2018)
(this fruit was picked at 13.2% natural alcohol and finished at 13.5%; 4.5 g/l acidity with a pH of 3.17; always the highest in alcohol and acidity, owing in part to millerandage): Medium bright yellow. Fully ripe scents of stone and soft citrus fruits, hazelnut and spices, with a sexy musky note of nutty reduction. Suave on entry, then quite powerful, concentrated, salty and dry in the middle. Finishes penetrating and long, with some alcoholic warmth. This wine was demonstrably better on second taste and will benefit from several years of cellaring. Rating: 92-95 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com(Sep 2017)
Domaine Henri Boillot
A top producer for red and white alike. Henri and his son Guillaume have now moved all the vinification and élevage out of Volnay entirely in order to have all the wine in one place (down on the plain in Meursault). Not so 'folklorique', but a better tool to reach even higher quality levels. After six years working alongside Henri, Guillaume has been entirely responsible for the vinification of the reds since 2013 - Henri's contribution is henceforth entirely on the whites, but one senses this is really Guillaume's show now. Guillaume's major input on the reds was to end the practice of autmatically de-stemming everything - there is now some use of whole bunches and the wines have gained in definition and energy as a result, without losing the luxurious velvety richness and fruit depth that they have always had.
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