Domaine Louis Boillot

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Country of Origin: France
Location: Burgundy
People: Louis Boillot, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

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Domaine Louis Boillot 2017 Vieilles Vignes Moulin-a-Vent AOC Login AG 91 AG 91 BH 89-92 In Stock
Domaine Louis Boillot 2017 Bourgogne Rouge AOC Login AG (87-89) WA (86-88) BH 86-89 In Stock
Domaine Louis Boillot 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin AOC Login AG (88-90) WA (89-91) BH 89-92 In Stock
Domaine Louis Boillot 2017 Volnay 1er Cru, Les Brouillards, AOC Login AG (87-89) WA (90-92+) BH 89-92 In Stock
Domaine Louis Boillot 2017 Volnay, Les Grands Poisots, AOC Login AG (86-88) WA (88-90) BH 88-91 In Stock

Despite having created his domaine only a decade ago, Louis Boillot came armed with some of the oldest and best situated vineyards in Burgundy, thanks to four generations of Boillots having acquired prime sites in Volnay and Gevrey Chambertin. The wines that Louis makes from his priceless vines are like Burgundy used to be: gentle, subtle, pure, precise and highly nuanced, their complexity and sensuality growing with age.

In just one decade, Louis’ domaine has become one of the most admired small estates in the Cote d’Or. The turning point came in the mid-2000s, when he and his partner, the supremely talented Ghislaine Barthod, built a cave together in Chambolle-Musigny. This brought two of Burgundy’s most gifted winemakers together, working and tasting side by side, with the alchemy you’d expect. The vineyard management was also combined, with Louis responsible for not only his own vines, but those of Ghislaine as well. It’s no wonder Ghislaine lets Louis take care of her vines. He’s a master with more than 30 years of experience, using no chemical fertilizers or week killers and meticulously pruning for balanced yields. His winemaking is equally timeless, featuring extended, gentle extractions and a limited use of new barrels. 

In the years since his move to Chambolle, there has been a wildly impressive advance in the stature of Boillot’s wines. It has been a change marked not by flash or dazzel, but by an inexorable march towards increasingly refined and transparent wines. Today, as in the past, at the heart of his style is a profound respect for the teerroir of his old vines. In Gevrey-Chambertin for example, his villages vines average over 50 years old, as do the vines for his premier cru-quality Evocelles. His Champonnet proves this little-seen site ranks among Gevery’s best premier crus. And the Cherbaudes, from 90+ year old vines, is frequently of grand cru quality. He makes a profound Nuit-St. Georges 1er cru Pruliers, also from 90+ years old vines. And, in Chambolle-Musigny, Louis and Ghislaine purchased and divided a significant part of Beaux Bruns. Louis’ Cote de Beaune vineyards are equally imposing, with 55+ years old vines in the villages Volnay Grands Poisots. Also in Volnay, there are three premier cruis: the supple Les Angles, the intense old-vine Brouillards and the esteemed Caillerets. Just down the roas, there are two great Pommard premier crus: a robust Fremiers and monumental Croix-Noires.

Vinous Media 1/2016
"Louis Boillot described his 2014s as 'very cherry, very red fruit wines with a chiseled character, a bit like the 2006s. They have structure, fruit and acidity.' Owing to the hail on the Côte de Beaune, he picked "in several parts," beginning as early as September 11 in his Volnay Les Angles, but he noted that very little selection was needed for underripe grapes. Indeed, a few of his wines from hailed-on fruit were quite concentrated and tannic in November, and Boillot may fine a percentage of each of these cuvées to soften their tannins. He also told me he did no punchdowns at all for his wines from the Côte de Beaune. Grape sugars at harvest were around 12% and Boillot chaptalized about half a degree.

John Gilman, View from the Cellar
"2010 is clearly the finest young vintage that I have ever had the pleasure to taste from Louis Boillot, and it is high time that Burgundy lovers started to take more notice of just how outstanding the Boillot wines are these days. To give some idea of just how high I hold the Boillot wines these days, I would have to say that after Domaine Lafarge, these are the best Volnays to be found in the village today. And the great Volnays here are not the only source of fireworks! Monsieur Boillot is clearly at the top of his game at the present time, and he has not missed out on the historic opportunity that was presented by the 2010 vintage."

Reviews

  • Louis Boillot 2017 Vieilles Vignes Moulin-a-Vent AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (10/17/2019)

    Shimmering ruby. Fresh, spice-tinged dark fruits, candied flowers and smoky minerals on the nose, along with subtle game nuance in the background. Fleshy and focused on the palate, offering appealingly sweet black raspberry, boysenberry and cherry compote flavors that loosen up steadily on the back half. Shows appealing energy for the year and finishes sweet and long, with dusty tannins sneaking in late.
  • Louis Boillot 2017 Bourgogne Rouge AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (87-89) (1/15/2019)

    The 2017 Bourgogne Rouge, matured in 15% new oak, has a pretty red cherry and raspberry preserve bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied with good substance and depth, quite Gevrey-like in style, which is no surprise as this is where the vines are located. Very fine.
  • Louis Boillot 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (88-90) (1/15/2019)

    The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Village, a blend of eight parcels, has a slightly lean bouquet at first, although it gains a little weight with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a pretty, tart entry. There is a fine bead of acidity here, and some abruptness right on the finish. That might well fill out during the remaining barrel maturation.
  • Louis Boillot 2017 Vieilles Vignes Moulin-a-Vent AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (10/5/2019)

    Shimmering ruby. Fresh, spice-tinged dark fruits, candied flowers and smoky minerals on the nose, along with subtle game nuance in the background. Fleshy and focused on the palate, offering appealingly sweet black raspberry, boysenberry and cherry compote flavors that loosen up steadily on the back half. Shows appealing energy for the year and finishes sweet and long, with dusty tannins sneaking in late.
  • Louis Boillot 2017 Volnay 1er Cru, Les Brouillards, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (87-89) (1/15/2019)

    The 2017 Volnay Les Brouillards 1er Cru offers lifted, tertiary red berry fruit that develops a subtle mintiness with time. The palate is well balanced, though not complex, and quite blocky at the moment, although there is decent weight on the finish.
  • Louis Boillot 2017 Volnay, Les Grands Poisots, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (86-88) (1/15/2019)

    The 2017 Volnay Les Grands Poisots has a straightforward, slightly earthy bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, quite Pommard-like in style, and needs a little more flesh to come through on the finish.
  • Louis Boillot 2017 Bourgogne Rouge AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (86-88) (1/31/2019)

    From vines in the communes of Brochon and Gevrey-Chambertin, the 2017 Bourgogne Rouge exhibits aromas of juicy cherries and sweet soil tones, framed by a delicate touch of recently used wood. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, mouthwatering and open-knit, framed by light structuring tannins.
  • Louis Boillot 2017 Volnay 1er Cru, Les Brouillards, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (90-92+) (1/31/2019)

    The 2017 Volnay 1er Cru Les Brouillards is another cuvée where the inherent suppleness of the vintage has tempered what can be a somewhat tannic site. Notes of smoky wild berries, spices and rose petals introduce a medium to full-bodied, fleshy and ample wine with good depth at the core and a long, fine-grained finish.
  • Louis Boillot 2017 Volnay, Les Grands Poisots, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (88-90) (1/31/2019)

    The 2017 Volnay Les Grands Poisots is very successful, revealing aromas of sweet cherries, cassis, grilled meats, espresso roast and raw cocoa. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, supple and gourmand, with a juicy core of fruit, succulent acids and a pure finish.
  • Louis Boillot 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (89-91) (1/31/2019)

    From eight different lieux-dits and averaging over sixty years of age, the 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Village unfurls in the glass with notes of ripe berry fruit, grilled meats and rich soil tones. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, pure and succulent, with velvety tannins, tangy acids and good length on the finish.
  • Louis Boillot 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 89-92 (1/10/2019)

    Firm reduction dominates the nose today. By contrast there is both good freshness and better mid-palate density to the medium-bodied flavors that possess lovely detail that continues onto the relatively powerful, long and serious finish that is both youthfully austere and mildly rustic. Excellent quality for a Gevrey villages.
  • Louis Boillot 2017 Vieilles Vignes Moulin-a-Vent AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 89-92 (1/10/2019)

    A ripe, peppery and very earthy nose gives way to rich, textured and impressively concentrated flavors that possess good depth on the dusty but not drying finish. This should age well.
  • Louis Boillot 2017 Volnay 1er Cru, Les Brouillards, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 89-92 (1/10/2019)

    An exuberantly fresh nose offers up notes pomegranate, red cherry and a pretty hint of rose petal. Remarkably, the mouthfeel of the medium-bodied and energetic flavors is even finer thanks once again to the very fine-grained but dense tannins supporting the presently compact and slightly short finish. However, the tannins are ripe and there is good density and thus my predicted range offers the benefit of the doubt that this will come together in time.
  • Louis Boillot 2017 Volnay, Les Grands Poisots, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 88-91 (1/10/2019)

    Moderate reduction has the upper hand versus the fruit today. More interesting are the brooding and relatively tightly wound medium weight flavors that possess good mid-palate density and a succulent mouthfeel before concluding in a powerful if mildly rustic finish. This isn't elegant but it's still quite goo
  • Louis Boillot 2017 Bourgogne Rouge AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 86-89 (1/10/2019)

    A super-fresh mix of red and dark berry fruit aromas is liberally laced with earth wisps that can also be found on the vibrant and delicious flavors that possess very good depth and persistence and only a trace of rusticity. This should be accessible young but be able to reward a few years of cellaring as well.