Master of Burgundy - Boillot 2019s are arriving!
We are so excited to be one of the few that can offer selections from the master of Burgundy wines, Henri Boillot. The first time we experienced Henri’s wines, we immediately fell in love. His Bourgogne Blanc is perfect for our hot and humid summer days here in Texas.
Domaine Henri Boillot boasts a legacy of five-generations of winemakers. It all began in 1885 when the Domaine was established. Henri’s grandfather, also named Henri Boillot began was the first of the family of wine makers in the early 1900s. The current Henri started working in the family’s business in 1975 and by 2005 had purchased 100% of the Domaine and renamed it from Domain Jean Boillot and created what we know today. In 2008, Henri’s son Guillaume joined the family business and by 2012 was head of viticulture taking over the process of their red wine production.
Henri and Guillaume pictured here at harvest time in 2017. Photo courtesy of Guillaume Boillot.
Their website tells an absolute beautiful story of 2 worlds merging to become one and makes references to this concept in a number of ways. Two winemakers situated between two villages and producing two amazing colors of wines (rouge and blanc). They both have one goal, to “make wines that tell a story; wines that have heart” through two words of passion and precision. Henri and Guillaume believe wines should be left alone as much as possible. Together, they have 30 different wines, 15 of which are Premier Crus. They also own 2 Monopoles exclusively, which is very rare in Burgundy. The first of Boillots Monopoles is the highly esteemed and sought after, Clos de la Mouchère in the Puligny-Montrachet Village. The second Monopole, which is a new addition to the Boillots, is Clos Richemont and is the smallest Premier Cru in Meursault. You will find 60-year-old vines in chalky soil with beautiful hints apple and stone fruits, notable for its minerality and long finish. We simply cannot wait to get our hands on this vintage!
Pictured here is the newest Monopole that Henri Boillot owns, Clos Richemont. Photo courtesy of Guillaume Boillot.
Clos de la Mouchère in the Puligny-Montrachet Village. Henri Boillot’s original monopole. Photo courtesy of Guillaume Boillot
Henri Boillot recently told Marla Norman of Michel Thibault Wine that he is very pleased with the 2019 vintage, saying “There are two very important points concerning the 2019s: Quality Marla Norman with Michel Thibault Wine recently had a phone call with Henri Boillot who expressed that he is very pleased with the 2019 vintage saying, “There are two very important points concerning the 2019s: Quality wise, it is fantastic, often touching on the sublime. Now for the bad news- it is an incredibly small harvest. He signaled that it is less than 50% of regular production.” Thank goodness for the two new vineyards added to this vintage. The first is Clos Richemont and the second Les Gouttes d’Or, which is also a Meursault Premier Cru.
This year’s weather played an enormous role in the smaller yield. Started off mild and humid in January and February, followed by a hot March causing the vines to grow quickly. Then at the end of March and beginning of April, freezing temps and ice that Boillot had to protect the vineyards from with much success. Then back to a hot remainder of April and the summer months with slight rainfall accumulations. Finally harvest began on September 6th.
While 2020 brought significant challenges for all, our first trip to France in the wine industry was cancelled due to Covid. We were disappointed to miss out meeting Henri and Guillaume for the first time, but hope to meet them both soon! In the meantime, the 2019 Boillot wines will be arriving next week, mid-May 2021 and happy to announce all tariff free so stock up while you can.
Check out our current selections below which will be available immediately next week.
Bourgogne Pinot $29.99 24 bottles available
Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets $99.99 6 bottles available
Volnay 1er Cru Les Chevrets $89.99 18 bottles available
Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets $89.99 15 bottles available
Pommard 1er Cru Clos Blanc $89.99 10 bottles available
Clos Vugeot Grand Cru $189.99 8 bottles available
Echezeaux Grand Cru $215.99 3 bottles available
Chambertin Clos De Bèze Grand Cru $369.99 5 bottles available
Bonnes Mares Grand Cru $339.99 3 bottles available
Bourgogne Blanc $29.99 237 available
Meursault Village $54.99 30 available
Meursault 1er Cru Clos Richemont $109.99 53 bottles available and 3 Magnums available
Meursault 1er Cru Les Gouttes d’Or $99.99 9 bottles available
Meursault 1er Cru Les Poruzots $99.99 18 bottles available
Puligny-Montrachet Clos De La Mouchère $139.99 27 bottles available and 5 Magnums
Puligny-Montrachet Les Perrières $109.99 3 bottles available
Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles $129.99 5 bottles available
Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes $129.99 3 bottles available
Puligny-Montrachet Les Folaitères $129.99 2 bottles available
Corton-Charlemagne $219.99 16 bottles remaining and 3 Magnums
Bâtard Montrachet $489.99 3 bottles remaining