2018 Domaine Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet Les Perrieres 1er Cru

Year: 2018
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 93
Burghound: 93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Aromas of citrus oil, white flowers, blanched almonds and crushed chalk preface the 2018 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrières, a medium to full-bodied, racy and incisive wine that's chalky and tensile, with lively acids and a saline finish. This has turned out very well indeed.

Guillaume Boillot began his harvest in Volnay on August 27, finishing up two weeks later, around September 10, in the Côte de Nuits. This is once again an exemplary portfolio of wines, all of which come warmly recommended, but there have been a couple of changes that merit notice. In 2018, Boillot told me that he continued his practice of fermenting his red wines in barrel but that he shortened the time of maceration to avoid picking up too much oak-derived sucrosity. And certainly, this year's collection of red wines shows a more completely integrated framing of new oak than last year's. Indeed, the reds are so good that it's appropriate to remember that, until Boillot's father reoriented the estate toward white wine, this was a domaine best known for its reds. Mention of white wine is the cue to mention another development—that Boillot used a vertical press for all his whites in 2018. He's very happy with the result, and I agree that these 2018 whites possess impressive chalky structuring extract that sets them apart in a vintage that can be somewhat facile. Boillot added that in 2018 he used a touch less new wood and fewer barrels from François Frères, which—reviewing my notes—does seem to have made for a range of white wines less marked by the toasty, nutty signatures that were once quite prominent at this address." (WA)

"A touch of unabsorbed SO2 doesn't seriously detract from the pretty, airy and nicely layered aromas of apple, pear and white flower scents. The super-sleek, intense and mineral-driven medium weight flavors possess excellent verve and cut, all wrapped in a strikingly long, balanced and built-to-age finish. This is excellent and should also age effortlessly for a decade plus." (BH)