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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.
The name 'Les Chenevottes' comes from the French word 'chanvre' meaning hemp, which was perhaps planted on this land in former times. Situated in the south of the Côte de Beaune, grapes for this 1er Cru are sourced from east-facing vineyards planted on brown limestone soils. The vines are an average of 36 years old and are pruned using the Guyot system. Yields average at 50 hectolitres per hectare.
2020 in Burgundy was characterised by hot and dry conditions. After a mild spring, temperatures climbed and then remained consistently warm throughout the majority of the summer months, greatly reducing any risk of disease in the vineyard. The Chardonnay grapes coped well in the heat, producing adequate yields that displayed a perfect balance of sugar and acidity. Grégory Patriat is optimistic about the potential of the 2020s: “The whites are nicely-balanced, but it’s too early to be more precise. Watch this space…”.
An early harvest took place on 28th August. Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were left as whole bunches and gently pressed for three hours to extract the precious aromatics and flavours. The temperature of the must was dropped to 12°C and it was then transferred directly into 450-litre barrels (demi-muids), of which 50% were new, without settling to preserve as much lees as possible. A very long fermentation followed, with indigenous yeasts, to add complexity and freshness to the wine, with bottling taking place in September 2021.
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