This father, son and daughter domaine is currently one of the hottest names in Meursault right now. Bernard Boisson and his children Pierre and Anne collectively own 8.5 hectares around the Cote de Beaune, with both children now bottling wines under their own individual labels too.
For many years, this humble domain has stayed under the radar, preferring to sell locally to a select mailing list of private customers. However, with the superb quality of their wines being discovered by more and more wine critics such as Jancis Robinson, they haven’t been able to stay hidden from the limelight for very long. She has even ranked them as one of the finest producers of Meursault, alongside the likes of Jacques Prieure Roulot, and Coche-Dury. And their style certainly resembles Coche-Dury in many ways, with Pierre being old school friends with Raphael Coche, son of Jean-Francois Coche of the legendary domaine, and the two frequently meet to discuss winemaking and viticultural philosophies. It is therefore safe to say that there is a certain amount of influence the two friends have had on each other in terms of winemaking style.
Whilst they are centered in Meursault, they also own small parcels in the villages of Auxey-Duresses, Monthelie, Pommard, and Beaune. Minimal intervention and organic farming are at the core of their winemaking beliefs, especially when working on many of their old vines. Pierre, for example, makes very textbook Meursault from vines inherited from his grandmother, in the lieux-dits of Criots and Perchots. These 30-50 year old vines allow him to produce some very exotic yet incredibly mineral and zesty wines that will leave you wondering why these are not Premier Cru sites.
Ageing is done extensively in barrel, between fifteen to eighteen months depending on the vintage, and more importantly, very little new oak is used to avoid masking the character of the wine, producing some of the leanest, flintiest and most mineral Meursaults this side of Burgundy. But for those who enjoy the more classic styles that edges towards the nuttier side, Bernard’s Grands Charrons lieux-dit is the right fit, with a little more weight than the other single vineyards, this bears the ripe apple, peach and hazelnut overtones of a traditional Meursault. Other lieux-dits to look out for are Anne’s Sous La Velle, a very refined and overall lighter, more mineral style than the Grands Charrons. However, it is the Chevalieres which is the raciest of their three prized lieux-dits, with that brilliantly zingy acidity that highlights the wet stone and gun flint essence of this vineyard. Minerality may perhaps be an often over-used word in tasting notes nowadays, but this wine is the very definition of minerality.
This domaine is definitely one to watch, and if you are a fan of Coche-Dury and Roulot you will love this style. We suggest you snap up these wines whilst their prices are still more than reasonable!