Louis Boillot once of Gevrey-Chambertin now of Chambolle-Musigney, combines his talents with wife Ghislaine Barthod. Their vineyards, elevage and cellar are fastidious; the wines are pure, ethereal and grow in complexity and sensuality given cellar time. The vineyards are ploughed and farmed ‘lutte raisonnée'* At harvest there is a strict berry by berry selection and everything is de-stemmed. Ferments commence naturally following a short cool pre-fermentation maceration. The wines spend two winters in up to 30% new oak and are bottled without fining or filtration. All vines are 50 plus years with the splendid Cherbaudes celebrating its centenary in 2012. The 2012s are classic as too are the 2013s albeit a little richer and the 2014s are some of the Domaine’s absolute finest. Louis and his son Clement are at the top of their game – these are fabulous offerings.
*Lutte raisonnée - “reasoned fight” (in French), or “supervised control” (in English), is a reaction to the use of such chemicals, regarded as a pragmatic approach to farming, where chemical treatments are used only when absolutely necessary. Biodiversity in the vineyards is encouraged through the planting of cover crops, rigorous plowing of the soils, and the use of manures and natural composts to fertilize the vines. Kermit Lynch