2008 Pommard Les Rugiens Jean-Marc Boillot

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Average critic rating : 89.0 points



Cooler and lower-energy than the corresponding Jarollieres, Boillot’s 2008 Pommard Rugiens excels in the department of texture – with polish and refined tannins – and boasts saliva-inducing, saline finishing savor. Ripe purple plum, licorice, and fresh beef juices mingle in a satisfying but unemphatic statement. I imagine this being worth following for 8-10 years, and would of course welcome its defying my rather modest expectations.||Focused on wines of precision and brightness (whether in white or red) Jean-Marc Boillot perpetuated his practice of early harvesting in 2007 with an August 20 start! The natural stylistic proclivity of the 2008 vintage (I did not taste the ‘07 reds here) seems to me to suit his aesthetic to a tee. But was it wise to heighten that in a year of marginal ripeness by harvesting already on September 20? My notes (limited to seven of ten Boillot ‘08 reds that I tasted) answer this question: “probably not.” I can’t believe these would not have been even better for a bit longer on the vine. I don’t doubt Boillot’s assurances, though, that he was scrupulously selective about what he retained to ferment, even with early picking, and it’s clear he was cautious about extraction. In terms of personality, several of these 2008s – all of which were bottled in December – seemed anxious to pass for white. But in writing about them, I confess that a question gnaws at me: Am I simply so spoiled – without being fully conscious of this – by years of increasing ripeness in red Burgundy as to be unfairly impatient with this collection? If, courtesy of time travel, I could revisit the Pommards of the 1980s chez Andre Mussy (whom I revered and a few of whose now old wines I cherish), would I today have the same relatively censorious opinion? eRobertParker.com.June, 2010

Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot in Pommard was created in 1985 after his working both for his family and for large negociants. The vineyards cover 11 hectares and parcels are spread over the communes of Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet. Clay-limestone soils dominate and average vine age is an impressive 50 years old. In 1989 Jean-marc added a negociant side to his business in white wines only and uses his expertise to vinify and age these wines. se appellations in the same way as the wines of the property.

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