Etienne Boileau is a member of the Domaine du Chardonnay, formed to enable its three members to operate with maximum efficiency across a total Chablis vineyard area of 37ha, including 9ha in the Petit Chablis appellation. Their well-equipped winery and cellars are located by the Serein river in the heart of the village of Chablis.
The approach to winemaking is directed towards producing classic mineral racy Chablis with freshness and purity, with stainless steel used for Petit Chablis and Chablis AC, and just a small percentage of older barrels used for ageing of the 1er cru wines. We were immediately struck with the depth and precision of these wines. Etienne makes very authentic wines of mineral typicity with great aromatic purity with each wine clearly showing its terroir origins.
2017 Petit Chablis
From a single parcel of vines in Beine, grown on Portlandian clay this is classic Petit Chablis, crisp and dry, fruit-forward and easy-going. Vinified in stainless steel tanks and bottled under screw cap.
’A nice freshness here. Round, lovely depth of saline flavour, citrus and a roundness of flavour. This is really excellent with fine concentration too. Delicious, excellent wine – always a signature cuvée of this producer.’ Bill Nanson, Burgundy Report, January 2019.
2017 Chablis AC
From 2 parcels of vines on either side of Chichée. Vinified in stainless steel tanks and bottled under screw cap.
’Round and very perfumed. Lots of mouth-filling volume – fresh, saline, a greener lime-style fruit. Wait 6 months as this is just a little less tasty than the PC today – but not by much. Really it’s very fine. With an excellent finish.’ Bill Nanson, Burgundy Report, January 2019.
2016 Chablis 1er Cru Montmains
From 25 & 55 year-old vines in each of the 3 lieu-dits of Montmains: Montmains proper, Les Fôrets and Butteaux, 3.85ha in total. Vinified in stainless steel tanks and bottled under screw cap.
'The 2016 Chablis Montmains 1er Cru has an attractive limestone and chalk-scented bouquet, citrus lemon and orange pith emerging with time. The palate is well balanced with good depth, and the acidity well judged.' 87 points, Neal Martin, Vinous Media, August 2018.
2017 Chablis 1er Montmains
’A smaller nose, but with a subtle though very fine perfume. Hmm, this is a little rounder in shape but no less well-defined or fresh. Fine intensity. And a small burst of even more intense finishing flavour – it’s a baby, but it’s a really excellent baby!’ Bill Nanson, Burgundy Report January 2019.