Oak ageing is all well and good but it's only successful when the fruit that goes into the barrels is good enough. Henri Boillot is a meticulous viticulturalist and consequently the oak fermentation and ageing adds breadth and texture to the fruit, rather than overwhelm it. The result is a delicious mouthful of creamy, apple and almond flavours with vanilla and cloves.
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, Jan 2008, 90
A classic Meursault nose of hazelnut and ripe orchard fruit that dissolves seamlessly into rich, full and surprisingly powerful flavors that offer a lovely mouth feel and plenty of punch though, not surprisingly, not the same sophistication as the Embrazées. Still, this is a really lovely wine for it's level and it's another fine value play in the Boillot range. Plus it will age.
Stephen Tanzer's IWC
, Jan 2008, 89
($90; negociant wine) Superripe peach and spices on the nose. Fat, full and sweet, with a lush texture and zero rough edges. Very Meursault-and delicious from day one. Finishes rich and long.
, Dec 2008, 90
Consisting of roughly equal parts Clos du Cromin, Chevalieres, Narvaux, and Tillet, Boillot's 2006 Meursault smells of fresh apricot, lime, iris, almond, and hazelnut. With flattering creaminess and an uncanny sense of poise brought about by refreshing acidity and a sense of lift, this finishes long on chalk, citrus rind, peach, and lightly-toasted hazelnut. It should be worth following for at least 3-4 years, and since there are 30 barrels, it should not be inaccessible in the marketplace.
Henri Boillot's ambitious and burgeoning negociant arm is made up in large part of many small bottling lots, representing remarkably many of the Cote d-Or's most prestigious crus. -Precision and minerality- are words he offers to explain his intentions even in a vintage as ripe as 2006, and for the most part he walks the accompanying walk, with wines (largely assembled in tank) that showed more generously and expressively than did Boillot's estate wines on the same day.
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