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Domaine Boursot - Under the radar Burgundy

This week Vinous Media critic Neal Martin published a selection of under the radar Burgundy growers he thinks are going places and we're delighted that our own Domaine Boursot is in that list. 
 
A very old Domaine, the family have been growing grapes in Chambolle since 1550, but it came to our attention when the new generation, brothers Romaric & Romuald took over in 2013. Both in their mid-twenties, they have radically changed the work both in the vineyard and the cellar and these changes came really started to show from the 2014 vintage. Very elegant, fruity and crunchy wines. 2015 is more powerful and concentrated, which is to be expected, but the wines still have a lovely energy and elegance.
 
 
Below, we have published his notes alongside the cases we currently have in our cellars.
 
2014 Vosne Romanee VV, Boursot Pere & Fils
 
The 2014 Vosne-Romanée Vieilles Vignes, which comes from La Basses-Maizières, has a perfumed bouquet, quite floral in style with crushed rose petals and iris infusing the red cherry and cranberry fruit. The palate is crisp and fresh on the entry with cranberry and raspberry fruit, a little pinched on the mid-palate but sporting a fine chalky grip on the finish. Give this a couple of years in bottle.
 
2016 Vosne Romanee VV, Boursot Pere & Fils
 
The 2016 Vosne-Romanée Vieilles Vignes has a strict and rather aloof bouquet that needs to come out of its shell. The palate is more expressive with sappy red berry fruit, a touch of spice, orange peel and sous-bois. You can feel the grip here – quite firm tannin, a more masculine take on the appellation but still very pleasurable and impressive in terms of length, especially for a Village Cru.

2014 Chambolle Musigny Les Nazoires, Boursot Pere & Fils
 
The 2014 Chambolle-Musigny Les Nazoires, raised in 30% new oak, has a light nose of red berry fruit and autumn bonfire. It just needs a touch more flesh. The palate is medium-bodied with gritty tannin, notes of blackberry and tobacco that lead to a slightly austere finish. Hopefully this will flesh out with bottle age. Just one barrel produced.

2014 Chambolle Musigny Les Fuees VV, Boursot Pere et Fils
 
The 2014 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées has a crisp, taut, but very detailed bouquet with crushed stone and wet limestone scents seeping through the carapace of red cherry and tayberry. The palate is medium-bodied with fine delineation, a taut line of acidity, quite Ghislaine-Barthod in style where less turns out to be more. This is very sappy on the finish with a dash of pepper. Very fine.

2015 Chambolle Musigny Les Fuees VV, Boursot Pere et Fils
 
The 2015 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées, matured in 50% new oak, offers blackberry and boysenberry fruit on the nose, quite focused with iris and iodine notes surfacing with continued aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, pretty red berry fruit laced with tobacco, although it just does not quite deliver the knockout blow on the finish. Still, this is a very fine Les Fuées.

2016 Chambolle Musigny Les Fuees VV, Boursot Pere et Fils
 
The 2016 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées has a crisp, tensile bouquet with cranberry and raspberry fruit, a touch of tobacco and crushed stone aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, a gentle grip in the mouth, smooth and quite silky with a finish that caresses the mouth. This is a superb Chambolle-Musigny with great tension and a long cassis-tinged finish. Excellent.

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