Domaine Lucien Boillot & Fils Clos Des Angles Volnay Premier Cru 2017
VINTAGE : 2017
COUNTRY : France
REGION/APPELLATION : Burgundy, Volnay
VARIETALS : Pinot Noir
Pierre Boillot is a rare master of both the Côtes de Beaune and the Côtes de Nuits–not only does he have the vineyards but also the savoir-faire and skill. Pierre inherited this domaine from his father Lucien, whose name it still carries. Pierre’s talent became much more evident as he took full control over this domaine, and in addition to retaining the original cellars in Gevrey-Chambertin, Pierre has instituted a rigorous revitalizing of the soils and vines in all of his vineyards. Every wine is a classic representation of its appellation–from Volnay and Pommard to Gevrey and Nuits-Saint-Georges, as Pierre’s work in the cellars is geared towards transparent, terroir-driven wines of purity and finesse.
Pierre’s wife, Sophie, is the kind of French woman American women—and men—have been known to swoon over. Effortlessly elegant, with depth in her voice and Juliette Binoche–style charisma, she could not be a more sophisticated spokesperson for her family’s wines. When I asked her to name the best moment for opening a bottle of 2017 Clos des Angles, the answer was a simple and confident “Today.” Of course. “The 2017 is a generous, charming vintage: already very approachable,” she explained. Violets and roses on the nose, and ample volume on the palate, with a Morello cherry freshness.