Henri Boillot Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2017
1 or more bottles$1,350.00
Allan Meadows90 points
Henri Boillot described 2017 as an “excellent vintage and potentially even a great one in white and a very good one in red provided that yields were kept reasonable, something not everyone respected. We chose to begin picking on the 25th of August and the fruit really could not have been much cleaner. Ripeness levels were good but not really high and thus the fruit preserved good acid levels. Stylistically, the 2017 whites make me think of 2014 with a bit more fat. This comparison is supported by the analytics as well as what we harvested in 2017 matches almost exactly the raw materials we obtained in 2014.” As the comments and ratings confirm, I was very impressed with the Boillot 2017s. - Allen Meadows, Burghound.
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"(from 1 ha of evenly mixed vines in Houlières, Charmes, La Rue aux Vaches, Rue Rousseau and En- seignères). An exceptionally floral-suffused nose consists of ripe and equally exotic aromas of white peach, acacia and lychee nut. There is excellent density to the punchy medium-bodied flavors that brim with dry extract that imparts a sappy texture to the saline and lightly stony finish that offers much better depth and length than one typically finds in villages level Puligny. In sum, one to strongly consider."
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