Just to be confusing, there is a sector of Saint-Aubin called Gamay. In fact it is planted with Chardonnay and produces accessible wine like this. Dominated by wood aging at this stage, this wine is ripe with yellow fruits that are balanced by the intense acidity. It is still young but will be delicious. Drink from 2022.
Jean-Claude Boisset Reviews
This is a first release from Jean-Claude Boisset, bottled early to preserve its freshness and perfume. Sourced from a parcel of 45-year-old vines and fermented with 50% whole bunches, it has earthy, forest floor aromas with notes of fresh tobacco and pepper spice. A tame and approachable Corton with fine, caressing tannins.
A subtle vegetal aroma accents the black currant, blackberry and floral flavors here. Rich, ripe and lush, yet backed by a solid structure, remaining fluid and concentrated on the long finish. Best from 2023 through 2045.
This grows at a vineyard in Chorey-lès-Beaune where the vines are 50 years old, their roots seeming to draw complexity out of the soil. The wine reads as mineral-driven, layered with scents of beeswax and honey, its textural finesse developing over the course of several days. It rested for 16 months, undisturbed, in oak barrels (30 percent new), where it developed that silken texture without losing its delicate perfume of white flowers and herbs.
Sourced from Aux Echézeaux, in the south-eastern corner of Gevrey-Chambertin close to Morey-St-Denis, this is the third vintage of this village wine from the Jean-Claude Boisset team. Fermented with 50% whole bunches, it's fresh, aromatic and tangy with good focus and precision and the density and complexity of a premier cru.
The premiers crus around the hill of Corton often provide some very good value drinking, but especially so in 2017. This vineyard is located next to Corton Bressandes and the resulting wine shows plenty of focus, minerality and old-vine concentration, allied to the complexity from a massal selection.
Jean-Claude Boisset owns this small parcel, situated close to the Corton grand cru, as a monopole holding. It's an assertively oaked style, to be sure, but there's plenty of concentration and structure here, as well as the freshness of a comparatively cool site.
Laced with violet and black currant aromas and flavors, this is silky and elegant. A firm backbone of acidity and tannins lends support and spice. Mineral and smoke accents emerge on the finish. The aftertaste goes on and on.
A structured wine that is also full of ripe fruit. Its red-berry fruits are encased in the tannins that still need to soften. The wine will be generous, full of berry flavors and with a dense texture.
A ripe, balanced wine that has juicy red strawberry and raspberry fruits and fine acidity to balance. It is warm and rounded, full of dense fruits, with its tannins surrounded by the cushion of the fruit.
Initially there is a mild trace of reduction but 5 minutes of air is all that’s required to clean it up and in the process to reveal a mix of dark berry, black cherry and violet scents. There is good volume and an attractive mouth feel to the delicious medium-bodied flavors that possess solid complexity on the lingering finish. This is a bolder style of Chambolle but what it lacks in finesse it makes up for in character. A good if not excellent villages that could be enjoyed young if desired thanks to the fine density of the mid-palate.
Corseted by oak, this is a full-bore, generous wine for the vineyard, but as the black-walnut scent of oak dissipates with air, a complex and layered Vosne-Romanee begins to emerge. The fruit feels plump in the center, surrounded by oak and touches of Brett. But there's air in the tannins and the fruit, allowing some transparency, predicting the elegance this may attain with age.