For Guillaume Boillot, 2019 was an easy vintage – everything was, he told us, “parfait à la récolte”, requiring very little work in the winery. The team here picked early for freshness, bringing in “microscopic grapes” that released only the tiniest amount of juice, but with “perfect balance”. The range is outstanding – the expressive aromatics, concentration and balance of the vintage shining through.
Their Bourgogne Chardonnay is made almost entirely from de-classified village fruit. Crafted with grapes from Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Saint-Romain and Auxey-Duresses, the resulting wine belies its Bourgogne status. There’s very little new oak here, preserving the clarity of site expression with amazing purity of fruit and freshness.
In 2019, the wine is singing – precise yet powerful, with amazing vibrancy. Of course, yields are down – with 40% less of this benchmark Bourgogne Chardonnay to go around.
“This wine punches well above its weight. Tight and taut at the moment, a note of gunflint reduction blows off with time in the glass to reveal more delicate white florals. A chalky, mineral line runs through the wine, with a lime zest freshness. The palate is concentrated with an intense core of lemon sherbet freshness; with waves of citrus fruit and vibrant acidity that drives to a long finish with a saline twist. There’s an amazing clarity here – Chardonnay in high definition. Poised yet powerful, this is a beautiful Bourgogne Chardonnay only set to offer more with time in bottle.”