Domaine Jean-Baptiste Boudier

Year Established: 2015
Location: Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Size: 4.1 hectares
Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Viticulture: Lutte raisonnée
Vinification: Whites pressed directly, reds mostly de-stemmed, indigenous yeast fermentation in stainless steel tanks, gentle extraction, low sulfur doses. Aged in older oak barrels. Light filtration if needed.

Jean-Baptiste Boudier’s very first vintage was produced in 2015, from three hectares that were a subset of the vineyards from his family’s seven hectare domaine. He and his father had mutually decided that it was time for him to experiment on his own, JB having earned multiple diplomas in viticulture and enology as well as the experience gained through impressive internships across France and beyond. His largest production cuvée still totals a mere 5 barrels. For the reds, the grapes are mostly de-stemmed, and vinification takes place in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts. There are some gentle extractions (one punch-down per day, if that), and minimal sulfur additions (no more than 5g/hl). For the whites, whole bunches are slowly and gently pressed. The must is lightly decanted; alcoholic fermentation starts in tank but finishes in barrel. Sulfur additions are even lower for the whites, at 2g/hl.