Vincent Boyer of Domaine Boyer-Martenot values both innovation and tradition, his wines exemplify this. Vincent approaches the elevage of the wines like no other Burgundian vigneron that we know . Overtly oaky, fruity, or reductive notes are eschewed in favor of wines that push the expression of grape and place further to the fore front. The domaine is located in the village of Meursault and most of its 24 acres of vines are there – there is some Puligny too – and 9 different Meursaults, all but one being from single vineyards, are produced. The recipe, so to speak, is similar across the board. Hand harvested, fermented with indigenous years in tank, aged for one year in barrel (usually 20%-30% new), and all the wines are aged an additional year in unlined concrete egg shaped tanks.
If you are only going to make one Puligny 1er Cru, Cailleret, bordering Montrachet, is a pretty good one to be tasked with! Cailleret sits high on the stop at 1,000’ ft in altitude, facing east, and with a ruddy limestone rich soil with lots of ‘cailloux,’ or stones, from which the vineyard gets its name. Aromas of citrus peel, sweet herbs, white flowers, and delicate spice. The palate is full of ripe white fruits, with a chalky minerally tone, and a finish that last for minutes on end.