Here is where my eyes started to get big…..From shallower yellow clay soils that are quite close to the mother rock, this presents its limestone core from the aromatics alone, with that struck flint minerality thing coupled with gorgeously pure orchard fruit tones. In the mouth, the sense of calcaire (limestone) tension is in full effect, rendering the wine much more complex and dynamic, to my taste, than the fleshier Hautés. Its sense of seamlessness between its fruit and acidity is gorgeous, with wonderful length and complexity. Me likey, mucho. A little * awarded here.
“I discovered on this trip that the vineyard of les Boutonniers is very good for pinot noir as well, as this is the climat from which the Coche family produces their Auxey rouge bottling. The 2017 Boutonniers blanc from Gilles Lafouge is simply excellent, delivering a refined aromatic constellation of apple, pear, a touch of fresh almond, orange zest, plenty of chalky minerality and a topnote of spring flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and crisp, with a lovely core, impressive cut and grip and a long, focused and zesty finish of fine complexity. This is classy and will be an absolute steal at its price. 2018-2040. 91+.” John Gilman for the 2017, NOT THE 2018 OFFERED HERE