Henri Boillot, Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru 750ml 2017France, Burgundy
Based in Meursault, between the villages of Puligny-Montrachet and Volnay, Henri Boillot is at the epicentre of great winemaking. The Boillots have been tending vines and making wines since 1885. Henri joined in 1975, bought out his siblings in 2005 and his son, Guillaume, joined in 2008. It totals 19 hectares, with roughly equal surfaces of red and white. Included herein, is 4 hectares of the famous Monopole vineyard of Clos de la Mouchère which has developed a cult following.
In a very short space of time, they’ve built an extraordinary reputation for the sheer quality of their Burgundy wines, it is no surprise that Allen Meadows thinks this superstar producer ‘has arguably become the finest pure négoce specializing in white Burgundy today’.
‘Henri Boillot is often quoted as the best white wine négociant in Burgundy and there is no quality difference between his négociant and domaine wines. His son Guillaume is now in charge of the reds, which have seemingly become more elegant, pure and ethereal.’ – Roland Peens
'A mildly exotic nose timidly displays aromas of peach, nectarine, orange zest and an interesting hint of fresh ginger. There is fine mid-palate density to the caressing yet powerful and sappy broad-shouldered flavors that deliver fine length though not quite the same complexity on the equally well-balanced finale. This is certainly very good but it can't match the sheer classic of the Caillerets.' – Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, 93/100
'Aromas of mandarin, orange blossom, musky peaches, honeycomb and anise introduce the 2017 Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru, a full-bodied, ample and exotic wine with a broad, textural attack but a nicely controlled, even tangy mid-palate and finish, concluding on a lingering saline note, that expresses this site at its best.' – William Kelley, Wine Advocate, 92-94/100
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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com | AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com | CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za | DEC: Decanter | GS: Greg Sherwood MW | JR: JancisRobinson.com | NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show | PG: Platter's Guide | ST: Stephen Tanzer of Vinous.com | TA: Tim Atkin MW | VIN: Vinous.com | WA: Wine Advocate | WE: Wine Enthusiast | WM: Winemag.co.za Report | WS: Wine Spectator