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Jean-Claude Boisset

The story of this house began in 1961 when Jean-Claude Boisset founded his négociant winery at just 18 years of age in Nuits-Saint-Georges. In 1964 he acquired his first vineyard plot at Gevrey-Chambertin (today part of Domaine de la Vougeraie). Success was overwhelming; in 1985 Jean-Claude Boisset became the first Burgundy négociant to be listed on the stock exchange. The company is based in a former Ursulines convent. Les Ursulines dates from 1717 and was built corresponding to the principles of the golden ratio, orientated according to the trajectory of the sun and the cycles of the moon and the stars, bringing together cosmic and telluric energies. Boisset takes its motto “celestial and terrestrial” from this premise. They are dedicated to making handcrafted Burgundy wines that link the earth to the sky through their roots – in the vineyards and their deeply-held attachment to the region. Jean-Claude's son Jean-Charles, and daughter Nathalie run the business today, but in 2002 Grégory Patriat was brought in as the winemaker and under his stewardship the maison has gone from strength to strength. Patriat had previously worked for the acclaimed Vosne-Romanée producer Domaine Leroy, and he brought a change of philosophy, working closely with the growers with a real hands-on policy. The vineyards are farmed with organic principles and the wines made as naturally as possible. The grapes are all hand-picked and they utilise native yeasts for fermentation. The wines are crafted with the ethos that they showcase the full flavour of the fruit and the terroir where they are grown. An impressive portfolio of wines are produced from some of the most prestigious crus and renowned climats of Burgundy. The Boisset style is elegant and sophisticated with great ageing potential.