From the moment we met and tasted with him, we were under his spell. Henri Boillot is obviously a master of his craft, but his genteel tranquility and affable style make him even more likeable. His son, Guillaume, exudes the same degree of wisdom, even though he is still a very young man.

Marla and I were both touched with the parallel between the human side of Henri and Guillaume and the majestic aspect of their wines. Delicate at times, always very defined and true to their environment, they forever seem to define what is so special about Burgundy.

Are they the only ones to do so? No, indeed. Domaines Leflaive, Coche-Dury, Comtes Lafon, Rousseau, Roumier, Bernstein and quite a few others — even while omitting DRC — make wines that give you an ultimate form of pleasure. Henri and Guillaume Boillot are certainly part of that very select group of winemakers you can trust from one vintage to the other.

That is why we pride ourselves in distributing their wines.

Guillaume Boillot is the winemaker for the Boillot Reds. Photo by Marla Norman.

And so, we come to this new offer for the 2016 vintage….Spring was tough for all producers, as Mother Nature unleashed a series of hailstorms that heavily damaged some vineyards right after budding time had occurred. Frost continued the damage and some appellations just did not make it for this vintage. Indeed, even the magical areas of the Grands Crus were hit so hard that producers like Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Domaine Leflaive had so little Chardonnay from their Montrachet vineyards, they decided to join forces to make a minute quantity and share a few bottles between their estates.

Henri Boillot, for instance, did not produce any Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru, but then neither did he make a Puligny-Folatieres 1er Cru or the village wines of Saint-Romain and Saint-Aubin.

Fortunately, the story is not all bad. The old adage, that “challenging vintages are made for great winemakers” was definitely the case in 2016. Henri and Guillaume displayed their extraordinary skills, triumphing against the elements and again making superior wines in 2016.

When we tasted the vintage this past Spring, what was immediately obvious to us was that these wines were not at all comparable to the 2015’s. We have always been advocates of freshness before anything else in wine and these 2016’s delivered. The 2015’s showed less acidity and were pleasantly round. The 2016’s are more aggressive, almost Chablis- like — right up our alley. From the basic Bourgogne Blanc (There’s not a better white wine for $20!) to the infinitely classy Pulignys Premiers Crus, each is stylistically different as well as vibrant and expressive.

As for the Boillot Reds,  Guillaume’s Pommard and Volnay mostly escaped the frost and the end result was ripe fruit and, as per his style, yielded silky wines with an elegant finish.

So, it is with great pleasure that we are offering you our (small) allocation of this vintage. The wines will arrive in the early Spring. Orders are first come, first served.

Enjoy!

 

To order: Write directly at mthibaultwine@gmail.com or call 850-687-1370

2016 HENRI BOILLOT BLANCS
Puligny-Mouchere 1er Cru. 28 bottles. $94.75
Puligny-Perrieres 1er Cru. 30 bottles. $94.75
Puligny-Pucelles 1er Cru. 12 bottles. $99.75
Puligny-Combettes 1er Cru. 12 bottles. $99.75
Bourgogne Blanc. 540 bottles. $19.99!!!
Meursault Village. 18 bottles. $42.75.
Meursault Charmes 1er Cru. 48 bottles. $66.75.
Meursault Poruzots 1er Cru. 30 bottles. $59.75.
Meursault Genevrieres 1er Cru. 12 bottles. $99.75.
Meursault Perrieres 1er Cru. 12 bottles. $99.75.
Batard Montrachet Grand Cru. 3 bottles. $389.75.
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru…33 bottles / $149.75
Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru…5 bottles / $499.75
Montrachet Grand Cru…3 bottles / $629.75

2016 HENRI BOILLOT ROUGES
Volnay Village. 30 bottles. $44.75.
Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets. 36 bottles. $89.75.
Volnay 1er Cru Chevrets. 24 bottles. $69.75.
Volnay 1er Cru Fremiets. 48 bottles. $69.75.
Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens. 21 bottles. $89.75.
Bourgogne Rouge. 24 bottles. $21.75.
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru. 5 bottles. $142.99.