• Côte de Beaune Cache:  2018 Pierre Boisson

    Côte de Beaune Cache: 2018 Pierre Boisson

    Much like the Chardonnay from this domaine, Pierre Boisson's reds are built on precision and purity without artifice. Each of these reds are a window into their respective terroir, and for this, they offer excitement from the first sip to the last.

    2018's reds show an amplitude that we rarely see! This warmer season played perfectly into the hands of Boisson, where the red-fruited Pinot Noir, always defined by grace, has an added layer of magnitude. All elements are heightened in 2018, with the classic proportions of the domaine still ultimately telling the story of place.

    The Boissons do not regularly host visitors, attend trade tastings, or travel to various markets. In fact, coaxing just a little bit of information out of Bernard on afternoons in Meursault was so difficult that I learned quickly to quiet down and enjoy what was poured. But without question, new oak influence is kept well below 30%. The fruit is de-stemmed and sees extremely modest levels of extraction.

    THE WINES


    Hautes-Côtes de Beaune harnesses the cooler microclimate found up in the hills, five miles west of Meursault. Pierre farms just 1.5 hectares of Pinot Noir vines. The most raspberry-inflected and the lightest of Pierre's reds.

    Pierre's Monthelie has many of the qualities of its downslope neighbor in Volnay. This is the softest, most accessible, and charming of the four. The fruit spectrum tends to be a little darker here and has supple tannins that make it, perhaps, the ideal introduction to the domaine's style.

    Like Lafarge, the Pommard is a wildly different expression than what the village is commonly known for, i.e., dark earth and sturdy tannins. Here, the top red of the house has a length of finish that belies its humble villages level designation.

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    Posted by Max Kogod