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2018 Bourgogne Pinot Beurot “Les Grands Poisots”

Domaine Lucien Boillot et Fils
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The truth is, this is a Volnay Blanc. However, thanks to wine legislation in France, it can’t be labeled that way. Pinot Beurot is the Burgundian name for their local strand of Pinot Gris. It can be found co-planted with Pinot Noir in really old Burgundian vineyards, and it added aroma and texture to some of the weaker Pinot harvests of yesteryear, much like Viognier was used in Côte-Rôtie. As average temperatures moderated in Burgundy over recent decades, the Boillots decided to separate these grapes to make a dry white wine. It is unique and delicious and showcases an interesting bit of Burgundy’s history.

Dixon Brooke


Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2018
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Beurot (Pinot Gris)
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine Lucien Boillot et Fils
Vineyard: Planted in 1958
Soil: Clay, limestone
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13%

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About The Region

Burgundy

map of Burgundy

In eastern central France, Burgundy is nestled between the wine regions of Champagne to the north, the Jura to the east, the Loire to the west, and the Rhône to the south. This is the terroir par excellence for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The southeast-facing hillside between Dijon in the north and Maranges in the south is known as the Côte d’Or or “golden slope.” The Côte d’Or comprises two main sections, both composed of limestone and clay soils: the Côte de Nuits in the northern sector, and the Côte de Beaune in the south. Both areas produce magnificent whites and reds, although the Côte de Beaune produces more white wine and the Côte de Nuits more red.

Chablis is Burgundy’s northern outpost, known for its flinty and age-worthy Chardonnays planted in Kimmeridgian limestone on an ancient seabed. Vézelay is a smaller area south of Chablis with similar qualities, although the limestone there is not Kimmeridgian.

To the south of the Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise extends from Chagny on its northern end, down past Chalon-sur-Saône and encompasses the appellations of Bouzeron in the north, followed by Rully, Mercurey, Givry, and Montagny.

Directly south of the Chalonnaise begins the Côte Mâconnais, which extends south past Mâcon to the hamlets of Fuissé, Vinzelles, Chaintré, and Saint-Véran. The Mâconnais is prime Chardonnay country and contains an incredible diversity of soils.

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