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Genot Boulanger Beaune Greves 1er Cru 2018


100% Pinot Noir. Guillaume and Aude Lavollée represent the fourth generation of vignerons at Génot-Boulanger. Their wines are produced exclusively from estate-owned vineyards, located along all three Burgundy côtes, from Chambolle Musigny, down to the domaine in Meursault, and on to Mercurey. With 22 hectares, Génot-Boulanger is one of only a few family-owned Burgundian domaines to produce such a diverse range. (They make wine from over 30 appellations!). Since 2008, Guillaume and Aude have worked painstakingly to improve the quality of their wines, converting to organic farming practices and experimenting with biodynamics. The domaine’s philosophy is “maximum work in the vineyards for minimum intervention in the cuverie.” This has translated to wines that are first and foremost true to their terroir. Les Greves is perfectly located on the heart of the midslope of Beaune. This parcel is well exposed and well-drained, an early ripening plot that sits above L’Enfant Jesus. The lieu dit's name is a reference to the gravely soil and possibly also derived from the word “graves” (serious) for the intensity of the rocks found in the soil. Genot-Boulanger's parcel was planted in parts during the 1960s and 1980. It is 1.04 hectares in size. Ripe, round, plum, and berry fruits with background spice notes supported by a finely-etched, gripping tannic framework. No wonder Neal Martin of Vinous wrote, “It is amazing how Génot-Boulanger has come out of nowhere in the last two or three years…Génot-Boulanger is an exciting new major player in Meursault, yet I anticipate that their finest wines lie ahead.”

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