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New Italian Producer: Punta Crena
I couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to these wines, made in the tiny town of Varigotti, Italy, right on the ocean in the wine-producing region of Liguria. The Ruffino family is famous in their hometown but little known elsewhere, even in Italy. They’ve been making wine in Varigotti since 1500! From the first sniff I was hooked on their delicious wines, made traditionally from indigenous grapes, wines with typicity and character but without a hint of pretension. These are exactly the kind of wines I’ve been seeking for a long time, country quaffers from the Ligurian coast.
Pierre Boillot, the man in charge at Domaine Lucien Boillot et Fils in Gevrey-Chambertin, still isn’t a known quantity in Burgundy or the USA—or anywhere else, for that matter. We are working hard to change that, just by getting the bottles in front of our clients and letting the wines do the talking. Pierre has the unique advantage of having inherited extensive holdings in both the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune. In the north he is focused in the appellation of Gevrey-Chambertin, although he also works an ancient parcel in the premier cru “Pruliers” vineyard in Nuits-Saint-Georges. In the south his holdings are in Pommard and Volnay—choice holdings, I might add.
Pierre used to work alongside his brother Louis but they went their separate ways in 2003 and the wines have improved dramatically under Pierre’s leadership, in my opinion. Fifty/fifty decision making can be a problem, I suppose. Pierre’s creations now show a greater depth of interest. Bottomless interest, if you will. The style is decidedly traditional (can you say you’re surprised?), and a tasting through the range is a tour of terroirs: all the nuances are there, they are harmonious and sturdy Burgundies with finesse and character. Kermit rates them on the same level as Chevillon’s gems.
The Volnay “Les Angles” is one of Pierre’s flagship bottlings, from a lesser-known but very well-exposed and historically respected premier cru vineyard below the village—it’s a classic. We strongly encourage all of our Burgundy buyers to make this domaine a regular, yearly purchase; we are certain you will not regret the decision. Because Pierre is not yet on people’s radar, the prices are reasonable for great red Burgundy. Limited availability at these prices.
2007 Gevrey-Chambertin $37.00/bottle
2007 Gevrey-Chambertin “Les Evocelles” 45.00/bottle
2007 Gevrey-Chambertin “Les Corbeaux” Premier Cru 56.00/bottle
2007 Gevrey-Chambertin “La Perrière” Premier Cru 56.00/bottle
2007 Gevrey-Chambertin “Les Cherbaudes” Premier Cru 64.00/bottle
2007 Nuits-Saint-Georges “Les Pruliers” Premier Cru 64.00/bottle
2007 Pommard “Les Fremiers” Premier Cru 54.00/bottle
2007 Pommard “Les Croix Noires” Premier Cru 56.00/bottle
2007 Volnay “Les Brouillards” Premier Cru 47.00/bottle
2007 Volnay “Les Angles” Premier Cru 49.00/bottle
2007 Volnay “Les Caillerets” Premier Cru 56.00/bottle
Pre-arrival terms: Half-payment due with order; balance due upon arrival.