Domaine Joseph Voillot
Jean-Pierre Charlot took over from his father in-law, Joseph Voillot, as the winemaker at Domaine Joseph Voillot in 1995. The estate had an excellent reputation for long aging, firm wines, but they could take many years to mature. Having taught at the Lycee Viticvole for many years, Jean-Pierre brought a more modern approach of the winemaking to the domaine, including complete destemming of the grapes. The wines released by Voillot today are still excellent, but more approachable when young. In addition to being a skilled vigneron, Jean-Pierre is one of Burgundy’s most generous characters. A visit to this domaine is likely to include the opening of an old, dusty bottle and possibly a lengthy meal. Fun loving and charismatic, Jean-Pierre Charlot is a skilled grower whose wines reflect his larger than life personality.
This is a brooding wine from Voillot’s largest holding of 1er cru (1.7ha), situated on heavier clay soils that give the wine more depth and intensity, almost in the mould of Pommard.Aged in 10% new oak, it is packed with concentrated fruit, with notes of cassis and liquorice. It is intense and powerful with a voluptuous palate and moreishly long on the finish. There was a healthy debate as which was the better of the two 1er crus – the result was a score draw!