2017 Domaine Louis Boillot Gevrey-Chambertin Champonnet Premier Cru
Louis Boillot in concert with his wife Ghislaine Barthod and their son Clément Boillot-Barthod manage a fabulous array of old-vine vineyards in both the Cotes de Nuits and Cotes de Beaune. Whilst this Burgundian ‘red-royalty’ family hold no Grand Cru vineyards they turn out some of the most beautiful red Burgundy along the Cote d’Or.
An equally restrained nose combines both upper and lower register elements that include red cherry and pomegranate with those of plum, earth and forest floor. There is notably better concentration, power and punch to the broad-shouldered flavors that possess evident muscularity and minerality on the compact and serious finale that delivers sneaky good length. A Gevrey 1er of relative refinement. Drink 2029+.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnet is an attractive wine from a site defined by the cooling influence of the Combe Lavaux. Offering up aromas of sweet wild berries, dried flowers, licorice, caramelized orange rind and rich soil tones, the wine is medium to full-bodied, ample and layered, with good concentration and a fleshy core of sappy fruit that cloaks its fine tannins, concluding with a pure, mineral finish.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Feb 2019)
The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Champonnets 1er Cru was showing a touch of reduction on the nose out of barrel, although there are pleasant red plum and bergamot scents tucked underneath. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannin and good depth, quite stocky for a Gevrey-Chambertin, and a dash of black pepper appears on the finish. Fine. Drink 2021 - 2035.
Neal Martin - Vinous
Dark bright red, with a wealth of sweet red fruit on the nose too, a certain plumpness in the mouth but perhaps a touch lacking in concentration, slightly weedy red fruit. Not too much structure, modest length. This vineyard is all about finesse, not power, says Louis. The 2017 reminds him of his 2006.
Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy