Vintage: 2022

VintageProduct CodeFormatClosureAvailability
2022BO265B226 x 75Natural CorkAvailable
Producer

Jean-Claude Boisset is a family-owned wine company founded in 1961, with their first parcel located in Gevrey-Chambertin. Today the company is based in Les Ursulines, a former convent in Nuits-Saint-Georges and is run by brother and sister duo Jean-Charles and Nathalie Boisset. In 2018, they opened a new state-of-the-art winery, reflecting their modern, technical approach to winemaking.

Since 2002, the wines have been made by Grégory Patriat. Previously head viticulturist and assistant winemaker at the legendary Domaine Leroy, Grégory has brought a detailed, vineyard-led approach to Jean-Claude Boisset. This approach is mirrored in Grégory’s winemaking, resulting in wines that reflect their origins with a harmony of freshness and fruit expression. After tasting the 2021 vintage, Jancis Robinson wrote that she “was utterly knocked out by the balance and refinement of Grégory Patriat’s wines at J-C Boisset”.

Today, Grégory makes 45 wines from across the Côte d’Or, working closely with his team of growers throughout the year. He gets just as excited about his plot of Grand Cru ‘Clos de la Roche’ (from which he has been buying fruit since 2002) or his vines in Chambolle-Musigny (which includes a parcel of the Premier Cru ‘Clos de l’Orme’), as he does with his Aligoté, his Fixin Blanc or other lesser-known appellations.

His philosophy is simple: work with old, massal selection vines that produce highly concentrated, low-yielding fruit. In the cellar, he is non-interventionist, preferring to let the fruit express itself. “70-80% of the quality comes from the vineyard,” he says. Vinification for the reds is in large, open-topped oak foudres, while the whites are fermented in Chassin barrels. Since 2007, Grégory has introduced larger 450-litre barrels to reduce the influence of oak.

Grégory’s wines have won no fewer than 74 medals and 13 trophies from prestigious competitions over the past eight years, including the International Wine Challenge ‘Clos de la Roche’ Trophy, which he has won five times.

Vineyards

Chorey-lès-Beaune was recognised as a village appellation relatively recently, in the 1970s. There are no Premier Crus here and the majority of the vines are planted on the plains. However, two climates, ‘Les Ratosses’ and ‘Les Beaumonts’, are positioned higher on the hillside between Savigny-lès Beaune and Aloxe-Corton. The Guyot-trained vines are southeast facing and planted on iron-rich, red marls peppered with limestone pebbles. Grégory works with two Pinot Noir plots here, one of which was planted in 1902. These are the oldest vines that Grégory works with. As yields from these over 100-year-old vines are so low and the berries are so small, Grégory refers to them as “the caviar of Pinot”.

Vintage

The 2022 vintage in Burgundy is characterised by abundance and excellence. Despite heatwaves and the largest drought in Burgundy since 1976, 2022 emerged as a generous vintage, with excellent quality. The growing season began with a cold winter, which delayed budburst and ensured most vineyards escaped April frosts unscathed. Optimal spring conditions followed and the vines grew quickly, with flowering taking place in mid-May. The summer was hot and dry, yet rain showers at the end of June replenished water reserves and allowed vines to thrive. Harvest at Jean-Claude Boisset began on 29th August and finished on 14th September. The grapes were in such excellent condition that virtually no sorting was required. Grégory Patriat describes 2022 as “a beautiful vintage”.

Vinification

The hand-harvested Pinot Noir was carefully sorted on the winery sorting table before being gravity fed into tank for a cool pre-fermentation maceration at 12°C for three days. Fermentation followed with 50% whole bunch and indigenous yeasts. Only two punch downs were carried out during the ferment and total maceration time on the skins (including the pre-fermentation maceration) was 20 days. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in lightly toasted, 228-litre, French oak barrels, 33% of which were new.

Tasting Notes & Technical Details

The wine is a dark ruby red with purple reflections. It reveals intense aromas of black fruits, peonies and smoky cocoa notes. The palate is concentrated and elegant with a beautiful tannic structure and a peppery finish.

Alcohol (ABV)

13.5%

Acidity

4.94 g/l

Residual Sugar

0.3 g/l

pH

3.59

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