The Boillot family is large, and like most families in Burgundy, fragmented. Louis is inheritor of four previous generations’ work assembling holdings in vineyards ranked among the best on the Côte d’Or. From his grandmother, Louis also has a number of parcels within the “cru” Beaujolais of Moulin-a-Vent, all of which are quite old. The fruit from these vineyards is de-stemmed, and vinified in vat, with tradtional methods adopted from his practices in the Côte - there is no “carbonic” employed. The wines are aged in a mix of steel and large “double” barrels of which no more than ten percent are new. The Cuvée les Brussellions grows in red granite, producing a densely structured wine with fine textures, and a lingering finish. This is “vin de garde,” which will develop for at least a decade in a cool, dark cellar.
About this wine producer: Louis Boillot’s seven-hectare estate is half of the original Domaine Lucien Boillot of Gevrey-Chambertin. In 2002, the domaine was split equally between Louis and his brother Pierre, who continues operations at Domaine Lucien Boillot. But in 2003, shortly after their father’s retirement, Louis left the winery in Gevrey, and with his wife, Ghislaine Barthod, a famous and highly respected winegrower in her own right, purchased a lovely old house with a perfect, functional cellar in Chambolle-Musigny. Today, Ghislaine Barthod and Louis Boillot make their wines side by side in the same cellar. Both have unusually old vines; Ghislaine’s vineyards all in Chambolle-Musigny, and Louis’ in eight communes stretching the entire length of the Côte, from Fixin through Gevrey-Chambertin, all the way south to Volnay. Their son Clément will one day inherit a combined domaine that will be one of the greatest in all of Burgundy.