Domaine Henri Boillot represents the success that is born of hard work and determination. The Domaine, led by Henri Boillot himself, encompasses fifteen hectares of some of Burgundy’s top terroirs* in Puligny-Montrachet (including the famous 1er Cru monopole Clos de la Mouchère), Meursault, Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Grand Cru Batard-Montrachet and Clos Vougeot. Henri’s intimate understanding of Burgundy coupled with his dedicated approach gives birth to highly sophisticated wines with global appeal.
Since 2006, Henri’s son Guillaume, the 6th generation of the family, has joined him, demonstrating the same work ethic, passion and love for great wines. The Domaine dates back to 1885 and was previously called Domaine Jean Boillot, after Henri’s father.
In 1996, Henri created Maison Henri Boillot and extended his range of appellations whilst dedicating himself to buying grapes only from the very best growers. It goes without saying that Henri would never jeopardise the image of his stellar Domaine. The Maison wines, therefore, are subject to the same care and attention to detail as the Domaine ensuring there is no difference in quality between the two. This is a strength that propelled Henri Boillot to be one of the most talented winemakers of his generation. In 2005 Henri bought his Father’s Domaine and since then, all the wines have been labelled either Domaine Henri Boillot or Henri Boillot and have shared the same label.
The vineyards are grown organically, without the use of any chemicals and the vines are grown to produce low yields of high quality grapes. It sounds easy but the work involved and the number of hours spent in the vineyards is exhaustive. The aim is for the grapes to achieve peak ripeness and this happens better with low yields for both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
At the winery, there are strictly no chemicals used either during production or added to the wines apart from natural sulphur which protects the wine against oxidation. The aim of this is to magnify Burgundy’s terroirs*. To that end, Henri and Guillaume are careful not to overwork the juice or the wine. Their goal is to preserve the original taste as testimony to the complexity of the soils. The grapes are then meticulously sorted to retain only the best. Finally, the white wines mature in 350 litre French oak barrels for eighteen months while the reds are matured in barriques (228 litre oak barrels) for the same period.
The appellations produced are impressive, mostly Premier Cru and Grand Cru, in addition to the iconic Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru “Clos de la Mouchère”, a wine that only Henri Boillot produces. This vineyard is within the Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru “Les Perrières” and next to the 1er Cru “Clavaillon”. The Domaine also owns vineyards in the Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru and in four Premier Crus in the village of Volnay.
When fantastic terroirs meet talented people the result is mind blowing. This is precisely what I have witnessed with the range of Henri Boillot’s wines.
Clos Cachet is honoured to import Domaine Henri Boillot’s wine into Australia. They represent beautifully and with landmark-style, what Burgundy is all about.
* Terroir is the specific combination of location, vineyard, climate and people that create a wine. Accordingly, different terroirs produce different wines.
Volnay 1er Cru
This “Les Santenots” Pinot Noir has an outstanding complexity.
Clos de Vougeot GC
This “Clos de Vougeot” Pinot Noir is muscly and powerful.