Etienne Boileau

Etienne Boileau Burgundy, France.

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.

2015 Petit Chablis Stelvin closure
Vinified and aged in 100% stainless steel for 6 months. From a single parcel of vines grown on Portlandian clay this is classic Petit Chablis, crisp and dry, fruit-forward and easy-going. Pale straw colour. Focussed nose with oral notes and delicate citrus aromas with acacia, citrus and apple character on the palate. Light and lively with refreshing acidity and lingering citric aromatics.

‘The 2015 Petit Chablis has a well-defined bouquet with light orange blossom and citrus scents. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, lively from start to finish, with a tensile finish that lingers in the mouth. This is a well-crafted and quite absorbing Petit Chablis to enjoy over 3-5 years. Drink 2016-2021.’ 87 points, Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, August 2016.

2015 Chablis AC Stelvin closure
Aged 100% in stainless steel tanks. Lovely pale gold colour with green highlights. Fresh aromas with some honeysuckle and classic Chablis minerality, some richness and fullness on the palate with lots of acidity to keep things tight.

2015 Chablis 1er Cru Montmains Stelvin closure
From 25 & 55 yo vines. Aged 100% in stainless steel tanks.

‘Stern, bracing mineral nose. Rich and full-bodied, the palate is very ripe and concentrated, but there’s a firm mineral grip on the mid-palate. Structured and long, with considerable power on the finish. Drink 2018 – 2026.’ 94 points, Stephen Brook, Decanter, August 2017.