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Domaine Lucien Boillot Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets 2014


Domaine Lucien Boillot Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets 2014 is bright ruby coloured, with violet, currant, cherry, spices, game and prune compote on the nose. Concentrated and complex yet delicate and nuanced. Charming to drink in its fruit-driven youth, after time in the bottle it will reveal more complex notes of spice and game while maintaining its elegance. This wine is characterised by its finesse, balancing its tannic structure with a discreet acidity.

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Subregion: Côte De Beaune, Volnay
Vintage: 2014
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
ABV: 13.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Concentrated, complex yet nuanced
Drink With: Escalope de veau à l'estragon

Les Caillerets is our favourite Volnay vineyard, and this Lucien Boillot bottling is a great expression of its terroir. The vines are between 40 and 50 years of age and give perfect fruit for Pierre Boillot to vinify. 30% new oak was used for maturation.

Les Caillerets is a premier cru climat of the Volnay appellation in the Côte De Beaune. It is one of Volnay's pre-eminent vineyards, due to the high quality of the terroir, which is well suited to Pinot Noir. Caillerets premier cru wines are subtle and elegant, but with good concentration and complexity; they typically display notes of spice and red berry fruits.

The vineyard is on the southern boundary of Volnay, where it abuts the Santenots climat (which, despite its classification as a Volnay Premier Cru, is actually in the Meursault commune). Les Caillerets is a rather fragmented vineyard: it comprises the Caillerets Dessus and En Caillerets lieux-dits, and the walled Clos Des 60 Ouvrées can be found in the vineyard's northwest corner.

Les Caillerets gets its name ("The Small Pebbles") from the light-reflecting stones that make up a distinctively high proportion of its soils. These are limestone dominant, particularly at the top of the slope, and offer excellent drainage. This means vines are forced to push roots deep into the limestone to get at hydration and nutrients, which lessens the vines' vigour and yield and makes for small, concentrated berries, perfect for vinification.

The mesoclimate of the vineyard is made suitable for viticulture by the angle of its slope, which faces vines toward the southeast and consequently the rising sun. This is enough sunlight to encourage slow, even ripening, but the grapes are shielded from the harsher afternoon sun. Acidity is retained in the berries as a result, bringing balance to the finished wine.