2018 Maison Henri Boillot Meursault Les Poruzots 1er Cru

Year: 2018
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 93
Burghound: 92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Aromas of orange oil, fresh pear, almond paste, warm pastry and beeswax introduce the 2018 Meursault 1er Cru Les Poruzots, a medium to full-bodied, layered and multidimensional wine that's concentrated, racy and beautifully defined, concluding with terrific back-end grip.

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 markedly more complex nose is comprised by notes of petrol, ripe green fruit, roasted nut and again a hint of poached pear. There is notably better density and power to the broad-shouldered flavors that exhibit sneaky good length on the balanced and moderately firm finish. This is a big wine even by the standard of Poruzots and one that will need at least a few years of bottle aging first." (BH)