The 2019 Mâcon-Villages is a terrific success, bursting with aromas of buttered orchard fruit, fresh peaches and honeycomb. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, with a generous core of fruit, succulent acids and a nicely delineated finish. Given its modest price point, this is the value wine of Boillot's portfolio, and it would make a terrific house wine. 90+/100 Greg Sherwood MW
Producer Information: Jean Marc Boillot
From a family with extensive vineyard land, Jean-Marc served as a winemaker to Puligny négociant Olivier Leflaive Frères in the 1980’s before setting up on his own. His wines impressed his maternal grandfather Etienne Sauzet who bequeathed half his exceptional vineyards to Jean Marc. His holdings split equally between Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, occupy choice Côte de Beaune premier cru sites in Pommard, Volnay, Meursault and Puligny. These aromatic, strongly fruity wines are immensely popular with France’s 3-star restaurants, illustrating the best of the modern winemaking idiom. Finely-crafted, richly textured whites receive extensive lees beating and generous new oak; bright, deeply coloured, aromatic reds benefit from long, pre-fermentation maceration Since starting his own small négociant business Jean-Marc has been making a special cuveé from the Chalonnais – a magically proportioned premier cru Montagny with an inimitable Boillot signature. We also list a recent addition to their portfolio – a stylish and already award winning Mâcon Villages (very good indeed that!!!)
I first went to him in 1991. He was always willing to offer Pommard but it’s taken a while to get an allocation of the great Pulignys. He has tiny parcels of 3 top 1er Crus, Referts, Combettes and Champs Canet. Although the quantities are tiny he’s always been very good at the whites. He’s one of few people who continue to stir the lees in barrel (battonange) regularly. This serves to increase the creamy texture and touch of fresh dough on the nose. This adds to the classic lemon and peach skin tones and an ethereal texture, almost like super pure water with an infusion of stone fruit. It’s full and round on the one hand and yet light and refreshing on the other. This is perhaps the main attraction of the best Pulignys ... that unique texture and feel .. not easy to get right.