Jean-Claude Boisset



This family-owned winery was founded in 1961 but revitalised in 2002 when Jean-Charles Boisset (son of Jean-Claude) lured Gregory Patriat away from Domaine Leroy. Gregory set about transforming Jean-Claude Boisset from an old fashioned negociant, a producer who buys wines from growers or merchants, into a viniculteur, someone who buys grapes from growers with whom he has worked closely to achieve the quality he wants. "The quality of the wine comes from the grapes," he asserts. Because of this focus on the quality of the grapes, the Jean-Claude Boisset wines have been awarded 63 medals and 15 trophies in the International Wine Challenge since 2008. This is a remarkable record of consistency, and all the more remarkable for being for both red and white wines.

This year, Gregory scooped four trophies for his 2014 Clos de la Roche, including the French Red Trophy. Last year, it was his 2013 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru 'En Remilly' which won a Trophy at the same competition. The quality of these wines, across the range and through the price points, is remarkably good.



My inspirational vineyard

La Côte de Nuits in Burgundy and especially Chambolle-Musigny. Not the most well known village (only 200 hecatres of vines) but certainly the appellation which produces the finest Pinot Noir in the world. A perfectly exposed east facing vineyard, dense soils, good filtration, never a lot of alcohol (12 to 12.5%), very little tannin. Curiously, for reasons that are still a mystery, these wines last for decades without any problem. Grégory Patriat