93 Points, Wine & Spirits Magazine 

93 Points, The Wine News 

90 points, Wine Enthusiast 

90 Points, Allen Meadows Burghound

91 Insider Points
 

REVIEWS

This elegant pinot noir has the surety of fresh, completely ripe fruit. It’s all of a piece, the tannins fully integrated, the plump fruit lasting in a distinctly earthy finish. Still closed, this needs bottle age to develop complexity. Jean-Charles Boisset makes JCB with the winemaking team at De Loach. -W&S

Medium ruby hue. Reticent bouquet opens to floral and spice aromas with a pleasant, clean edge of dried citrus. Crisp and lean on entry, slowly unfolding to offer a broad palette of flavors including red and black cherry, red flowers and citrus notes accented by pleasing hints of herbs and grilled fruit.  -WN

A somewhat more deeply pitched nose features a bit more earth as well as blue berry notes together with similar very fresh red pinot fruit that merges into richer, fuller and more complex medium-bodied flavors that possess better mid-palate concentration and a bit more length as well. I like the sappy texture and this is a mix of both fruit and soil-driven components. Lovely and overall, there is just more here. -AM

An interesting new wine that aims for balance and elegance rather than powerful fruit extraction. Shows an acid-inspired crispness that brightens wild berry, currant, cola and peppery spice flavors. Despite the silky mouthfeel, it feels undeveloped. This score reflects its current drinkability, but it could surprise in 4–6 years or longer. -WE

Nose with blueberry and cherry with floral notes and spice.  Fruit carries to the refined palate with layers of cherry cola, pepper, spice and lots of dark berry with some hints of citrus.  Nice concentration and great acidity with a nice backbone.  Long finish with integrated tannins. Drinking well, but strong candidate for further development with a couple more years in the bottle and should good for several years after that. -TW

WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT
  • VARIETAL
    Pinot Noir
  • APPELLATION
    Mendocino Ridge
  • ALCOHOL
    15.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    10 Months French Oak
  • PRODUCTION
    2500 bottles produced
  • FRUIT

  • BODY

  • OAK

  • ACIDITY

This is the ultimate in access. The epitome of small production (a mere 2500 bottles produced), it’s 93+point rated Pinot Noir sourced from Jean Charles Boisset's personal collection. A wine not available to the general public, normally only made available to JCB's close friends and special restaurants and wine shops, it’s the kind of access Pinot fans and true wine lovers are always seeking.

A wine that exemplifies what the "Master of Burgundy" does so well, (finding amazing fruit and turning in an epic and age worthy wine of distinction), this is100% Pinot Noir from the Mendocino Ridge Appellation, an intimate, tumultuous, and intense spot where vineyards sit above the fog line, planted with Clone 115 and 777. Fruit from vineyards that are sustainably farmed and have very small yields and production, and crafted by the winemaking team at De Loach, the result is a wine that’s a mix of both fruit and soil-driven components, coming together as a rich, full and complex Pinot.

93 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine; 93 points from The Wine News ; 90 points from Wine Enthusiast and 90 points from the Burghound, it’s an elegant wine that proves balance over powerful fruit extraction. A wine that’s refined for the palate with layers flavor, nice concentration, great acidity and a nice backbone, it’s a great candidate for cellaring, likely showing further development with several more years in the bottle.

A wine sourced as part of our special access from our friends at JCB, it's small production, excellence, unprecedented access; all with preferred Member savings.

TASTING NOTES 

A somewhat more deeply pitched nose features a bit more earth as well as blue berry notes together with similar very fresh red pinot fruit that merges into richer, fuller and more complex medium-bodied flavors that possess better mid-palate concentration and a bit more length as well. 

THE STORY TO KNOW

Founded in 1980, Boisset Family Estates is a family-owned producer and importer of fine wines with its roots in Burgundy, France. Boisset, La Famille des Grands Vins was founded there in 1961. Boisset’s collection of more than twenty historical and unique wineries boast leading positions in the world’s pre-eminent terroirs, including Burgundy, Beaujolais, the Rhône Valley, the South of France, Canada, and California’s Russian River Valley and Napa Valley. One of the world’s foremost producers of Pinot Noir and principal proponents of organic and Biodynamic® viticulture, Boisset crafts fine wines with a strict terroir approach: each house in its family of wineries has a unique history, identity, and style, yet all are united in the pursuit of superior quality.

Jean-Charles Boisset, President of Boisset Family Estates, grew up in the vineyards and developed a life-long passion for wine – both its production and its enjoyment. He possesses a long-term vision for his family’s company that stems from a dedication to innovation and the environment while continually focusing on crafting fine wines of distinction. This vision has led to pioneering efforts in sustainability from the vineyard to the vessel. He has implemented sustainable, organic, and biodynamic farming practices at the family’s vineyards, while simultaneously introducing alternative packaging innovations that reduce a wine’s environmental impact and carbon footprint.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Grilled salmon or a grilled filet mignon with sautéed (or grilled) portabello mushrooms.