Jean-Marc Boillot is a grandson of Etienne Sauzet, and was previously winemaker for Olivier Leflaive. With that mixture of winemaking pedigree and experience it comes as no surprise that he makes sensational wines. Now assisted by daughter Lydie and son Benjamin, Jean-Marc Boillot set up his own domaine in 1985.
Jean-Marc Boillot now has 10.5 hectares of vines in the Côte de Beaune which include vineyards previously owned by Domaine Sauzet in Puligny. He is a stocky, fit, energetic man who does not waste time with words, instead allowing his wines to speak for themselves.His reds are rich, rounded and exhibit great purity of fruit, his white wines are characterised by their huge concentration, class and wonderful expression of their terroir.
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 per cent new wood, lees-stirring once a week and bottling before the next harvest. They are pure, fresh, attractive wines.
This is sourced from seven parcels, five of which are in the excellent Enseignères vineyard, which sits below the Montrachet Grands Crus of Bienvenues and Bâtard. In the context of the vintage, this has marvellous freshness and minerality. It’s really good for a village Puligny, having bite and an assertive, crystalline finish.