Bright ruby red in colour with pronounced aromas of wild strawberry and raspberry married with hints of black pepper. On the palate, flavours of juicy red fruits and sweet spice are well-balanced with a bright, lifted acidity and round, silky tannins. An excellent value red Burgundy.
The Pinot Noir is sourced mostly from vineyards on clay limestone soils in the Côte de Nuits. Vine age is between 35 to 40 years old, this ensures that the vines produce lower yields and results in the quality of the blend being far superior to that of a standard Bourgogne. The vineyard management here is stringent and specific techniques are employed to control yields, guaranteeing good concentration of flavours in the grapes. These techniques include debudding, cluster thinning, little or no use of fertiliser and environmentally-friendly vine protection.
Jean-Claude Boisset is a family-owned wine company founded in 1961. Jean-Claude’s first parcel was located in Gevrey-Chambertin and today the company is based in Les Ursulines, a former convent in Nuits-Saint-Georges, and run by his children Jean-Charles and Nathalie. In 2018, they opened a new state-of-the-art winery, which reflects their modern, technical approach to winemaking.
The wines have been made by Grégory Patriat since 2002. He previously worked as head viticulturalist and assistant winemaker at the legendary Domaine Leroy, and has brought a detailed, vineyard-led approach to Jean-Claude Boisset. This approach is mirrored in Grégory’s winemaking, resulting in wines that reflect their origins with a harmony of freshness and fruit expression. After tasting the 2021 vintage, Jancis Robinson wrote that she ‘was utterly knocked out by the balance and refinement of Grégory Patriat’s wines at J-C Boisset’.
Today, Grégory makes 45 different wines from across the Côte d’Or, working closely with his team of growers throughout the year. He is most excited when walking the vineyards and exulting in the fact that yields are low. He gets as excited about his plot of Grand Cru Clos de la Roche (from which he has been buying fruit since 2002) or his vines in Chambolle-Musigny (which includes a parcel of Clos de l’Orme) as he does with his Aligoté, his Fixin Blanc or some other lesser-known appellation. His philosophy is simple: to acquire old, massal selection vines that produce highly concentrated, low-yielding fruit. In the cellar, he is non-interventionist, preferring to let the fruit express itself. “70-80% of the quality comes from the vineyard,” he says. Vinification for the reds is in large, open-topped oak foudres, while the whites are fermented in Chassin barrels. Grégory has introduced larger 450-litre barrels since 2007 to reduce the influence of oak. Grégory’s wines have won no fewer than 74 medals and 13 trophies from prestigious competitions over the past eight years, including the International Wine Challenge Clos de la Roche Trophy, which he has won five times.
New to the list this year is the Bourgogne Aligoté from over 50-year-old vines in a ‘lieu-dit’ just south of Chorey-lès-Beaune. Aged for 18 months in oak (30% new), it has a lovely creamy texture on the palate and perfectly marries notes of zesty citrus, crisp apple and white flowers with a subtle savouriness.