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“I was very impressed by the quality of what I found here and the Bourgogne is a knockout for its level.” – Allen Meadows, Burghound

Pierre-Yves Colin, Thierry Pillot, Thomas Pico, Arnaud Ente, all of these vignerons weren’t ‘known’ until they were.  For all these guys, there was a point in time where they were making wines of superior quality, but price and recognition had not caught up to them.

Currently, the landscape is exciting again as there are a whole new batch of guys that ‘have it’ but their prices have yet to catch up.

In that new group we’d count Bachelet-Monnot, Joseph Colin, Domaine de la Folie in Rully, Bernard-Bonin and the subject of today’s offer, Ballot-Millot.

In 2001, Charles Ballot took over from his father.  The domaine already had a good reputation from his father’s work previous, and he had the luxury of vineyards that had been with his family since the end of the 17th century. With such great vineyards his first task was to start working the soils, reducing yields, and moving from chemical/systemic treatments to more natural ones. He soon added a sorting table in the vineyards and upgraded the press and in general found ways to work more precisely in the cellar.

Harvest is all done by hand, and fermentations take place with indigenous yeasts. Otherwise, everything in the cellar is done to encourage finesse and delineation over sheer power. The white wines see only 10-20% new oak (max 25%) and are raised without battonage. They are aged 12 months in barrel, and then racked to tank for additional 6 months of refinement as is now standard procedure at more and more of the top white wine estates in Burgundy. 
The resulting wines have been noted as “Roulot-esque” referring to his neighbor in Meursault that commands price tags of close to four figures a bottle for his best wines.  These are racy, classic Burgundies more reminiscent of what we were tasting from here in the 1980’s, though cleaner and brighter than any of those treasured wines.

As for his Bourgogne Blanc, I know what you’re thinking, ‘only’ 90 points?  Ah, here’s’ the rub.  Due to the hierarchy of vineyards in Burgundy within the cellar, the Bourgogne Blanc in even the finest cellars seldom receives 90 points as that score is reserved for the village level wines, then the Premier Crus get low to mid-90’s , the Grand Crus high 90’s and so on.  Thus, while ‘90’ points might be commonplace for $100 California Cabs, a 90-point score for anything less than a premier cru is remarkably rare - and doubly so for a simple Bourgogne. But then again this is no simple Bourgogne.

The 2016 Ballot-Millot Bourgogne Blanc is sourced exclusively from 20-30-year-old vines in the villages of Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet.  The pedigree is evident, the refinement and polish here is sublime, it’s a Bourgogne Blanc that tastes pricier than it is, and its already reasonably priced for its genre!

Neal Martin from Vinous recently tasted this gem in London and had this to say, “The 2016 Bourgogne Blanc has a terroir-driven bouquet with fine delineation, quite granitic with hints of cooking apple developing with time. The palate is taut and fresh with impressive depth, a Bourgogne Blanc full of flavour with a vibrant, saline finish. A brilliant value. 90 points.”

Here's how Ballot-Millot’s Bourgogne Blanc stacks up against the 'Burgundy legends' reviewed in Vinous for value/price:
As you can see, it’s no contest, Charles Ballot delivers the goods over his more noted counterparts at ½ to 1/10th the price of his ‘peers’.

You know what you need to do…stocks are limited….
Ballot-Millot Bourgogne Blanc 2016
90 Points! The 2016 Bourgogne Blanc has a terroir-driven bouquet with fine delineation, quite granitic with hints of cooking apple developing with time. The palate is taut and fresh with impressive depth, a Bourgogne Blanc full of flavour with a vibrant, saline finish. A brilliant value. Tasted at Flint Wines' Value Burgundy tasting. - Neal Martin, Vinous Media
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