Jean-Marc Boillot Montagny 1er (750ml)
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Jean-Marc Boillot was born in Volnay, into a family of vignerons. Between 1971-1984, he worked alongside his grandfather in Volnay, Pommard, and Meursault until a family disagreement between Jean-Marc, his grandfather, his father, and his brother led him to leave the family business and pursue his own winemaking journey. In 1988, Jean-Marc made wine in Puligny-Montrachet with Olivier Leflaive, a new négociant at the time. From there, he started making wine under his own name, acquiring plots in Beaune and Pommard- it wasn’t until Jean-Marc’s grandfather tasted his wine that their relationship began turning for the better. When his grandfather retired, he left Jean-Marc plots in Volnay, Pommard, and Meursault- as well as an unused cellar called “La Pommardière.” Cut to 1993 and another 5 ha of land was inherited by Jean-Marc via his maternal grandfather; he acquired vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, and Bâtard-Montrachet.
“Boillot makes white and red wine with equal facility, and with equally impressive results. Few people are thus gifted, it is like being ambidextrous.” Raymond Blake, Côte d’Or.
Jean-Marc, now in his seventies, is often referred to as the ‘quiet pur-sang’ of Burgundy, and far from retiring. His son-in-law, François, is now in charge of the winemaking under the watchful eye of his father-in-law.
On the nose, notes of apple and pear, with a hint of florality and chalk. On the palate, more apple, pear, and citrus notes; its juicy with pleasant acidity and stony, minerality. Food pairing suggestions include rich seafood like lobster or scallops, baked chicken with a cream sauce or mushroom risotto.
Made from 100% Chardonnay, these grapes are sourced from various growers in the region. Fermentation occurs in oak barrels with ageing on the fine lees and the wine undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation. 11 months without racking with weekly bâtonnage in 30% new oak barrels. Fined before bottling.
This is a wine we were all very excited for when it arrived, and I am happy to report that it has met and surpassed all expectations. This is such a deliciously pure example of good white Burgundy, showcasing aromas of apples, pears, yogurt, pastry dough and crushed seashells. It has an intense depth of flavour while maintaining a wonderful brightness and freshness. Chalky, crunchy, creamy; this is seriously good stuff, people. It’s drinking wonderfully now but will certainly develop into something truly special in the cellar.