2018 Domaine Louis Boillot Volnay les Caillerets 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.
Firm reduction once again overshadows the fruit. There is very good mid-palate density to the interestingly textured flavors that are at once velvety yet stony, all wrapped in a lingering, firm and somewhat austere finish. There is better phenolic maturity to the tannins though the finish is still a bit raspy. Drink 2028+.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
The 2018 Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets exhibits attractive aromas of dark berries, spices, grilled squab and forest floor, followed by a medium to full-bodied, succulent and lively palate that's concentrated and chalky, concluding with a long, mineral finish. Finishing up at 13.2% alcohol, this is an exquisitely balanced Caillerets that should offer a broad drinking window.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Feb 2020)
The 2018 Volnay Les Caillerets 1er Cru comes from a single plot of vines. It has a perfumed nose, the most mineral-driven of the four Volnays from Boillot and probably showing the best delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins that lend a sense of strictness and correctness. You just want it to manifest more joie-de-vivre toward the finish. Maybe it will lighten up in bottle. Drink 2023-2038.
Neal Martin - Vinous