Côte de Nuits

Jean-Claude Boisset

Jean-Claude Boisset was radically transformed with the arrival in 2002 of viniculteur Grégory...

Patriat, one of the best viticulturalists/winemakers of his generation in Burgundy. Grégory had spent the previous three years working in the vineyards at Domaine Leroy and still spends a great deal of his time in the vineyards, paying his growers by the hectare in order to ensure low yields. He also prefers to work with organic growers, as he finds they produce better fruit. Unlike other Burgundian négociants, Grégory specialises in making wines from 'lieu-dits' or tiny plots of vines, something which accounts for the limited production of most of his wines.

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Chambolle-Musigny in the Côte de Nuit is one of the smallest and most parcelled out appellations of the Côte with only 97 hectares of Village vines, 50 hectares of Premiers Crus and 25 hectares of Grands Crus. The terroirs of Chambolle-Musigny are rather homogenous and enjoy eastern exposure. The delicate silkiness of its wines stems directly from the soil type, with a base of hard limestone, topped by a thin layer of Bathonian limestone gravel that ensures good soil drainage and contributes to the fine, sensual character of these wines. Boisset works with a strong environmental conscience and although it is not certified, this wine is made organically.

Vintage Information

After one of the mildest winters since 1900, growers suffered vineyard damage with devastating April frosts and May hailstorms severely reducing the size of the potential harvest. Fortunately, summer saw a return to sunshine and warmth with adequate rainfall allowing the vines to catch up with their growth. Given the difficult start, the 2016 vintage is of an unexpectedly high quality, the white wines are generous with good body and fine-fruit aromas that will be ready to drink while young, the reds are powerful, tender, concentrated and ideal for ageing.


The hand-picked grapes were sorted twice: in the vineyard and again at the winery. Destemmed but not crushed the grapes were gravity-fed into tanks where maceration with 50% whole clusters took place, lasting 23 days. Fermentation used only indigenous yeasts with infrequent punching down of the cap (eight maximum), before the wine was aged on lees for15 months without racking using 35% new French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

Garnet in colour with hints of purple, the nose exhibits complex aromas of blackberries, violets, spice and toasty notes. On the palate, it has a lovely mouthfeel, while still fresh and delicately scented, with more pronounced tannins evident on the long, structured finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Côte de Nuits, Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%