Jean-Claude Boisset



This family-owned winery was founded in 1961 but revitalised in 2002 when Jean-Charles Boisset (son of Jean-Claude) lured Gregory Patriat away from Domaine Leroy. Gregory set about transforming Jean-Claude Boisset from an old fashioned negociant, a producer who buys wines from growers or merchants, into a viniculteur, someone who buys grapes from growers with whom he has worked closely to achieve the quality he wants. "The quality of the wine comes from the grapes," he asserts. Because of this focus on the quality of the grapes, the Jean-Claude Boisset wines have been awarded 63 medals and 15 trophies in the International Wine Challenge since 2008. This is a remarkable record of consistency, and all the more remarkable for being for both red and white wines.

Gregory's Clos de la Roche has won a gold medal and at least one trophy at the International Wine Challenge for the past four years running. The quality of these wines, across the range and through the price points, is remarkably good.



My inspirational person

Lalou Bize Leroy (Domaine Leroy in Vosne Romanée) for whom I worked for four years. A woman with great energy, uncanny tasting skills and someone who won't permit any lapses in quality and will not compromise. I first met her in 1998, the four years with her allowed me to touch the finest terroirs of Burgundy (no less than 11 grand crus at Domaine Leroy). She taught me a great wine is not made in the cellar, but in the vineyard, without a magical recipe, just a lot of work and a good sense of observation. Grégory Patriat