2012 Pommard, Les Croix Noires, 1er Cru, Domaine Louis Boillot

2012 Pommard, Les Croix Noires, 1er Cru, Domaine Louis Boillot

Red, For laying down   Red | For laying down | Louis Boillot | Code: 23080 | 2012 | France > Burgundy > Cote de Beaune > Pommard | Pinot Noir | Medium Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol


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BURGHOUND - Louis Boillot, husband of Ghislaine Barthod, didn't mince any words when he flatly said "I adore the 2012 vintage as it combines elegance and finesse with excellent phenolic maturity. While the crop was tiny we had zero rot so the harvest was as clean as could be. The main culprit of the miniscule yields in the Côte de Nuits was the poor flowering, which was also the case in the Côte de Beaune but to this problem you have to add a devastating hail storm or two. For example, in the Côte de Nuits my yields were mostly between 20 to 25 hl/ha, which isn't a lot but it's manageable. By contrast, in the Côte de Beaune they were between 10 and 15 hl/ha, which is problematic for lots of reasons, not the least of which is commercial but also from a vinification perspective. One of the interesting aspects of wine making is that it's constantly surprising you. Given the small crop and thick skins I thought that we were going to have another 2005 that produced concentrated and powerful wines but that is not at all what 2012 gave us. The fruit is dense but the mouth feel of the wines is refined and pure plus there is excellent terroir transparency. For me 2012 is a very special vintage." I agree with Boillot's take of his 2012s in the Côte de Nuits as they really are terrific though I was less persuaded by the quality of his Côte de Beaune wines. It's possible that they will mature into beautiful wines as they certainly are dense but at this juncture some of them display slightly drying tannins that are almost certainly due to the latent effects of the hail.

Allen Meadows - burghound.com - issue 53- Jan 2014

The Story

Louis Boillot


Louis Boillot

Louis Boillot has come to Chambolle, where his partner Ghislaine Barthod is based, from Gevrey-Chambertin, though as his range of wines indicates, he is descended from the Volnay family of Boillots. Louis uses his vast wine experience and knowledge to secure parcels of the finest quality for his négociant business, Maison Louis Boillot. Combined with this local knowledge and his talented winemaking skills, he strives to produce some of the best wines of Gevrey-Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny.

He was formerly associated with his brother and father at Domaine Lucien Boillot, but set up on his own from the 2003 vintage. The wines made now in Chambolle are significantly more interesting than those produced previously in Gevrey.

The vines are ploughed then run according to lutte raisonnée. The grapes are sorted in the vineyard, 100% destalked, given a cool pre-fermentation maceration, fermented then sent to barrel once the juice is cool again. 20-30% new wood is used across the whole range, with an élévage of 16-18 months before bottling without fining or filtration.
The domaine may suffer from the lack of geographical cohesion of the vineyard holdings, especially in contrast to Ghislaine Barthod’s concentration on Chambolle-Musigny. Their son Clément Boillot-Barthod is going to inherit quite a substantial combination one day.

Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director and author of the award-winning Inside Burgundy comprehensive handbook.


Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.



The most powerful red wines of the Côte de Beaune emanate from Pommard, where complex soils with a high proportion of iron-rich clay produce deep-coloured, relatively tannic wines. A Pommard that is ready to drink in its first few years is probably not going to be a great example of the appellation.

Two vineyards stand out: the lower part of Les Rugiens, which has been mooted for promotion to Grand Cru status, and the five-hectare, walled Clos des Epéneaux, monopoly of Comte Armand.
  • 212 hectares of village Pommard
  • 125 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards (28 in all). The finest vineyards include Les Rugiens, Les Epénots (including Clos des Epéneaux) and Pézérolles
  • Recommended producers: Comte Armandde Montille, de Courcel, J-M Boillot

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