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Average critic rating : 87.0 points
This year's rather somber Boillot 2006 Volnay Pitures – from just north of the Clos des Ducs – offers ripe, diverse red fruits allied to smoky, toasted nut, black tea, and otherwise dark forest soil notes. It finishes with persistence, but incorporating a certain roughness of tannin. More grip and concentration does not necessarily mean a superior overall performance, and here I would plan to revisit the wine in 2010 before making any longer-term commitment. ||Jean-Marc Boillot started harvesting reds (which constitute nearly half of his acreage) on September 22, immediately after finishing (in a great hurry) with his whites; using all 60 pickers he had in place; and finishing in 72 hours. Already by that time, a significant share of fruit had to be culled out for rot, while another share was unripe, so the yields ended up a pathetic 18 hectoliters per hectare. He adapted his vinification to the material by trying to be even gentler than in 2005, albeit for a different reason. A regimen of 40-50% new wood was maintained from 2005, though, and while I cannot say that any wines were overtly woody, given the fragile fruit and coarse tannin structure of several in this collection, I have to wonder about the advisability of that approach. Wine Advocate.December, 2009
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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