It’s no secret that we love Burgundy. Which is why we are always looking for more of it. In a region were many of wines royalty call home, it is incredibly exciting when a new superstar emerges making classic and elegant wines while still offering great value. The newest on our list is Domaine Genot-Boulanger.
The Domaine has been around for a while, but the current chapter started in 2008 when Aude and Guillaume Lavollée took over, determined for greatness. Since then they have become certified organic, and have softened their hand in the winery. The Domaine’s philosophy is “maximum work in the vineyards for minimum intervention in the winery.” This has translated to wines that are first and foremost true to their terroir. (Protip: they get better and better every year)
They make a fair amount of both red and white Burgundy, so we have selected a couple of our favorites from both.
Winemaker Guillaume Lavollée took some time to discuss each of these vineyards and wines in this short video here:
“The 2018 Pommard Vieilles Vignes is a blend of Les Cras, Vignots and Chagnères and represents the domaine’s largest cuvée, each parcel vinified separately. Apparently picking dates can vary by several days here. This has a very attractive red cherry and crushed strawberry bouquet with light chalky aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannins, what you might call a "transparent" Pommard, and more Beaune-like in style, leading to a fresh and quite persistent finish. Fine."— Neal Martin Vinous
“The style of our Pommard is very much on the drinkability and elegance side.” Guillaume Lavollée
“The 2018 Meursault Clos du Cromin comes from the domaine’s largest holding, at 1.42 hectares, and has been produced by the Domaine since the 1970s. It has an excellent, quite intense bouquet of pineapple, tangerine and nectarine aromas. The palate has a lightly spiced, ginger-tinged entry with good weight, perhaps a little short toward the finish, but I like the salinity here. Not long-term, but it will give pleasure over several years.” — Neal Martin Vinous
“In addition to the roundness, there is precision and elegance to this Meursault.” Guillaume Lavollée
“The 2018 Chambolle-Musigny Village is a blend of Les Mombies and Les Nazoires from vines toward the bottom of the slope (0.8 hectares in total). It has elegant, refined wild strawberry and cranberry fruit that is reminiscent of, say, Ghislaine-Barthod. The medium-bodied palate displays supple tannins and a fine bead of acidity.” -- Neal Martin Vinous
“Our Chambolle is more concentrated and more powerful.” Guillaume Lavollée
Genot-Boulanger's 0.35 hectare parcel of Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Folatieres was planted in the 1970s on a hillside of limestone and marly soils and with an ideal southeastern exposure. The family attributes the harmonious balance of the wine to the geological balance of limestone and clay in the soil. In their eyes it is one of the best 1er Cru of Puligny-Montrachet. Folatieres is widely recognizes as one of the finest vineyards in Puligny Montrachet.
“More powerful. Very complex and well balanced.” Guillaume Lavollée