Auxey-Duresses, 1er Cru Climat Du Val 2014 Jean-Claude Boisset
In 2002, Grégory Patriat became Jean-Claude Boisset's official winemaker and has since won the Champion Red Wine Trophy in the International Wine Challenge twice. He uncompromisingly executes the House's vision of authentic wines in which human intervention is kept to a bare, discreet minimum. Utilizing native yeasts and never more than 30% new oak, his wines are concentrated, well-rounded, and naturally expressive of their terroir. Prior to joining Boisset, Grégory worked at Domaine Leroy, where he learned biodynamic viticulture. The appellation is located at the lower limit of a valley, which goes from the Côte de Beaune to the Hautes-Côtes. The Climat Du Val, neighbor of the famous 1er Cru, Les Duresses, enjoys a southern exposure and as its name indicates, the landscape is very hilly. The soil is very calcareous and the vines are on average 30 years old. Grapes were sorted first in the vineyard and a second time on the sorting table when they arrived at the winery. They were completely destemmed but not crushed (they were left whole) and were gravity-fed into tanks. Maceration lasted a total of 24 days including one week of cold maceration. Fermentation used indigenous yeasts. The wine was aged on the lees for 16 months with no racking in 40% new French oak barrels that had been toasted at low temperatures for a long time to impart a very delicate touch of oak to the wine. The wine was not fined but was very gently filtered before bottling. This wine shows ripe plums, strawberries and bright acidity. It has soft tannins and a lingering finish.