The influx of ebullient and heady chardonnays from Burgundy capture the senses with their ripe cores and savoury tones of flint and struck match, making us drool with delight (choose wisely who you share a bottle with!).
These are difficult wines to make; their racy and rich composures defy deliciousness. Yet, push the sulphides too far and you’re left wondering where the keystone to the wine – the fruit – is. Some of our favourite white Burgundy producers mastering this play with sulphides include Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey, Roulot, Henri Boillot, Arnaud Ente, Coche-Dury and Pierre Boisson. ‘Who’s Pierre Boisson’, you might ask? Read on. You need to know, because whilst prices from other producers have sky- rocketed, Boisson’s remain relatively accessible.
The Boisson name appears on three different labels; Pierre Boisson, Anne Boisson and Boisson-Vadot. Despite this, the wines are exactly the same, created collaboratively at the family’s Meursault cellars. Pierre Boisson works alongside his father Bernard making the wines, and counts Raphaël Coche, son of Jean-François Coche (of cult producer Domaine Coche-Dury), as a close friend. The vines are located primarily in Meursault, with smaller holdings in Auxey-Duresses, Monthélie, Pommard and Beaune. One of their key assets are the prime parcels of land, owning three of the best ‘lieux-dits’ in Meursault: Sous la Velle, Grands Charrons and Chevalières.
The Boissons conduct winemaking with a guiding hand. No more than 30% new oak is used in the top cuvées, less for the village and Bourgogne Blanc offerings. They eschew fertilisers and pesticides in favour of thoughtful practices. Indeed, a clear thread passes through each wine. An underlying terroir shines through, the ultimate goal of the top tiered Burgundy producers, and a pure delight for us wine drinkers.
A content and small producer working 8.5 ha, the Boisson family has been producing wines that have proven difficult to secure distribution into Australia (and worldwide for that matter). On his annual Burgundy pilgrimage to Domaine Leroy, importer Patrick Walsh has knocked on the Boisson’s door year after year, always being politely declined. Finally in 2017, a small trickle was allowed into Australia. The current offering is the best to date, spread across three vintages; 2016, 2015 and 2014.
Please note these wines are rare, and we’ve included a 10% discount on retail prices until 14 February 2019 (or until stocks sell out). Send us your wish-list and we’ll be in touch to confirm what we are able to offer. Don’t delay if you’d like to secure your share, the top cuvées brim with intensity and are very ageable. Please click here to reply via email.
The notes below are taken from both their American importer, Polaner Selections and Australian importer Cellarhand.
2015 Anne Boisson Aligote ~ Retail $68
~ from a block of 60 year old vines in the commune of Meursault
2016 Anne Boisson Meursault ~ Retail $264
2016 Anne Boisson Meursault Sous La Velle ~ Retail $264
~ 60-year-old vines close to the village of Meursault. Vinified and raised 100% barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in oak. Broad yet refined.
PIERRE BOISSON (BLANC)
2015 Pierre Boisson Bourgogne Blanc ~ Offer $80 (Retail $88)
~ composed of various vines (average age 30 years) situated around the Meursault appellation. This could easily be mistaken for a Meursault with its broad texture and hints of lime, nuts and honey.
~ A blend from two parcels of vines, Les Perchots (50 years old) and Les Criots (25 years old). Stony clay-limestone soils on a gentle slope. Wine with finesse and character amplified by a long élevage over 21 months. Hazelnut-tinged fruit of the village coupled to lovely minerality and notes of lime zest.
2015 Pierre Boisson Meursault ~ Offer $196 (Retail $218)
2016 Pierre Boisson Meursault ~ Offer $238 (Retail $264)
~ planted in 1988, notes of apple and peach coupled to toasty hazelnut tones and a bit of iodine in its soil component
2015 Boisson Vadot Meursault Grand Charrons ~ Offer $312 (Retail $344)
2016 Boisson Vadot Meursault Grand Charrons ~ Offer $312 (Retail $344)
2015 Boisson Vadot Meursault Chevalieres ~ Offer $424 (Retail $466)
~ planted in 1982, racier and more mineral in profile, with a tighter fruit component in its youth that recalls lime, delicious apples and just a touch of honey, layered over a great base of stony soil tones.
PIERRE BOISSON (ROUGE)
2014 Pierre Boisson Monthélie Rouge ~ Offer $108 (Retail $120)
2015 Pierre Boisson Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Rouge ~ Offer $70 (Retail $78)
2015 Pierre Boisson Auxey-Duresses Rouge ~ Offer $151 (Retail $168)
2016 Pierre Boisson Auxey-Duresses Rouge ~ Offer $158 (Retail $176)
2016 Pierre Boisson Monthélie Rouge ~ Offer $130 (Retail $144)
TO ORDER: Please click here to send us your wish-list and we’ll be in touch to confirm what we are able to offer. Don’t delay if you’d like to secure your share, we’ve included a 10% discount on retail prices until 14 February 2019 (or until stocks sell out).