Each year we eagerly anticipate our allocation from Henri Boillot – one of Burgundy’s truly great winemakers. It’s always like an early Christmas. And this year, you can imagine, good tidings are especially welcome.
As always, the story begins with the weather — in 2019, the elements cooperated — no easy trick in a region where early frost has devastated any number of vintages. Exceptionally warm temperatures and uneven flowering throughout the spring and summer did reduce yields. But the overall quality of the fruit is top-rate and producers describe the vintage as surprisingly well-balanced, even at this early stage of development. The grapes are deeply concentrated and intense — a quality that could signify great aging potential and value in the future.
The Pinot Noir display excellent acidity and complex fruit flavor, while the Chardonnays show great minerality and freshness. “The 2019 whites are deeply aromatic and elegant. If you want to add more high-quality white Burgundy to your collection, the 2019 vintage is an excellent opportunity to do so.” (Vinfolio)
In general, critics this year have been particularly magnanimous with their praise, describing the 2019 vintage as “brilliant” (Wine Searcher) “exceptional” (Harpers UK) and “a dream” (Wine Business).
During a recent phone call with Henri Boillot, he told us he too is very pleased with the vintage, saying: “There are two very important points concerning the 2019s: Quality wise, it is fantastic, often touching on the sublime. Now, for the bad news — it is an incredibly small harvest, often less than 50% of regular production.”
Fortunately, to offset the small harvest, Boillot has added two new vineyards to his offerings this year: Clos Richemont and Les Gouttes d’Or.
Clos Richemont is a monopole Boillot owns entirely. The smallest Premier Cru in Meursault, Richemont is planted with 60-year-old vines on chalky soils. The wines produced here have a gorgeous core of apples and stone fruit, with a beautifully textured creaminess notable for its minerality and long finish. Richemont is the second monopole Boillot owns. The first is the highly sought-after Clos de la Mouchère in the Puligny-Montrachet Village.
Les Gouttes d’Or is also a Meursault Premier Cru. Sitting precisely in the middle of Meursault, Les Gouttes d’Or is “considered one of the communes best sites. The white wines made here are full bodied and rich, with spicy, fruit-driven characters.” (Wine Searcher)
Henri’s son, Guillaume Boillot, has been in charge of the red wines for several years now. Having been schooled under Henri, he is, of course, a skilled winemaker. Like his father, Guillaume is dedicated to expressing the terroir, and to fashioning extraordinarily silky wines with elegance and — invoking the favorite Boillot adjective — “précision.” The two are a remarkable team!
And speaking of family enterprises, we have our own to share with you. Our kids, James & Victoria Norman, have recently obtained an import license, just like ours. They are based in Houston and are assisting us with the promotion of the 2019 Boillots. We invite you to visit their site: DOUBLE P IMPORTS to see additional Boillot listings, as well as a number of California wines we don’t often carry.
Listed below is our Boillot allocation. Prices here are the lowest in the country — even lower than the prices we have in our own online store. If you’re interested, order immediately (850-687-1370 or [email protected]). These exceptional wines won’t last long.
NOTE: Wines that are at or under 14% alcohol are still impacted by tariffs. Prices for those wines have been calculated to include the current 25% tariff on French wine. If the tariffs are removed this coming spring, when the next trade review is scheduled, we will HAPPILY refund that portion of your purchase. For now, well…it’s still 2020….
2019 BOILLOT WHITES
Bourgogne Blanc. $29.99
Meursault Village. $57.99
Meursault 1er Cru Richemont. $99.99
Meursault 1er Cru Gouttes d’Or. $89.99. 12 bottles only
Meursault 1er Cru Les Poruzots. $89.99. 24 bottles.
Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières. $119.99. 6 bottles only.
Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières. $145.99. 3 bottles only
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère. $119.99. 57 bottles
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrières. $99.99. 12 bottles
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles. $119.99. 24 bottles
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes. $119.99. 12 bottles
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières. $129.99. 3 bottles only
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru. $189.99. 13 bottles
Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru. $439.99. 4 bottles only
Montrachet Grand Cru. $849.99. 3 bottles only
2019 BOILLOT REDS
Bourgogne Pinot Noir. $34.99. 24 bottles available through Double P Imports
Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets. $82.99. 16 bottles
Volnay 1er Cru Chevrets. $82.99. 18 bottles
Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets.$99.99. 10 bottles available through Double P Imports
Pommard 1er Cru Clos Blanc.$94.99. 9 bottles only
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru. $169.99. 10 bottles available through Double P Imports
Echezeaux Grand Cru. $199.99. 1 bottle only
Bonnes Mares Grand Cru.$299.99. 1 bottle only
Chambertin Grand Cru.$339.99. 9 bottles only
Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru. $339.99. 5 bottles available through Double P Imports
Can’t wait until February? We still have a select inventory of Boillots from previous vintages:
Puligny 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère. $119.99. 3 bottles
Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes. $89.99. 18 bottles
Meursault 1er Cru Les Poruzots. $84.99. 3 bottles
Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières. $109.99. 4 bottles
Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres. $129.99. 1 bottle only
Volnay 1er Cru Chevrets. $89.99. 4 bottles.
Volnay 1er Cru Fremiets. $89.99. 27 bottles
Pommard 1er Cru Clos Blanc. $94.99. 7 bottles
Latricieres Chambertin Grand Cru. $199.99. 2 bottles
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru. $194.99. 5 bottles
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru. $399.99. 3 Magnums
Volnay 1er Cru Fremiets. $89.99. 6 bottles