Jean Claude Boisset only turns 67 this year. He set up his winery when he was just 18 years old (in 1961) in a convent in Nuits-st-Georges. Not a bad effort considering he did so in one of the most conservative wine making areas in the world, the Cote d’Or, Bourgogne. They are known for their expressive, almost nude wines, where human intervention has been limited as much as possible.
Chassagne Montrachet may be better known for it’s white wine (Chardonnay), but this Pinot Noir is making me believe that this should all be reconsidered. Geez. It”s like someone got some Gluhwein, made it all expensive and serious, and then poured it all over the best harvest of wild strawberries in the history of the earth. And that”s just the nose. And only half of it. There’s some beautiful oak treatment in here, and a complete lack of brett to dull it all down. Super clean. Palate is full of ripe fruit and bundles of Christmas spice. The end of it is slightly cedary, has licks of grape skin, incredibly fine tannins and good spicy length.
Drink now or to 5yrs
approx 200AED plus tax available at MMI Stores
(I’m sorry, I can’t remember the price exactly – the portfolio says 145, but that can’t be right. It’s just way too good.)