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Jean Marc Boillot Puligny Montrachet Les Referts 1er Cru 2019


100% Chardonnay. Jean-Marc Boillot was one of the younger generations in Burgundy who was determined to improve his family’s wines. In 1984, after vinifying 13 vintages at the family’s domaine, Henri Boillot, Jean-Marc walked out in protest, intent on producing highly concentrated, rich, and ripe wines. He became the winemaker for Olivier Leflaive for the next four years and at the same time produced wines from 5-acres of vineyards, bottled under his own label. The wines impressed Boillot’s grandfather, who bequest half his vineyard to Jean-Marc. Boillot runs his domaine from his grandfather Henri Boillot’s house and cellars in the village of Pommard. Jean-Marc’s maternal grandfather was the late Etienne Sauzet, from whom he also inherited exceptional vineyards. Today he is assisted by daughter Lydie and son Benjamin. All the whites, except the grand cru, are vinified in the same way: whole-bunch pressed, settled for 24 hours then straight to barrel with 25 to 30 percent new wood, lees-stirring once a week, and bottling before the next harvest. These white wines are characterized by their huge concentration, pureness, freshness, class, and wonderful expression of their terroir. It is no surprise that Jean-Marc Boillot crafts sensational wines. He is one of those rare commodities in Burgundy, a winemaker who produces both red and white wines of the highest quality. 

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