Domaine Ballot-Millot

The Brad Pitt of Meursault is now recognised as one of the very finest producers in Meursault, crafting refined Meursaults with that lovely mix of struck match, minerals and vivacity. The last few vintages have seen the quality reach new levels and his top wines rival pretty much anything else being made in the village. If you haven’t indulged yet we suggest you hesitate no longer. In recent Burgfest blind tastings he has beaten the likes of Roulot and Lafon in flights of Les Perrières. His winemaking style is fairly reductive and he bottles quite late, preferring to give the wines plenty of time to marry in stainless steel following a period of time in barrel. New oak is well used and never dominates. His top village wine is the Narvaux, which sits just above 1er Cru Genevrières on the rocky outcrop, and displays enticing minerality and drive. Charmes is seductive and appealing, Genevrières itself is a fantastic mix of richness and stoniness, whilst the Perrières just has another level. These are excellent wines that age well.
`I was initially impressed by the purity and focus of the whites from Ballot-Millot, but I also discovered that they make very fine, elegant reds.` Bruce Sanderson, The Wine Spectator, January 2010 .

Winemaker: Charles Ballot

Hectares: 12 hectares

Parcels:
Bourgogne (red and white)
Meursault (red and white)
Meursault 1er Cru
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
Pommard 1er Cru
Volnay 1er Cru

Website: www.ballotmillot.com

Wines

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  • Worth holding for at least a year before drinking. The inherent fruit and richness combined with the racy, linear style of the domaine make for a very classy Bourgogne Blanc. Drink from 2019.

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    This is lemony and lively, as it so often is in youth, with good tension and a sense of understatement. Controlled, well proportioned and nice underlying minerals.

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    The Ballot-Millot style gives the taut, reductive, mineral core and the gentle use of new oak adds a touch of spice, but there is an opulence to this Genevrières which adds a hedonistic dimension that is impossible to ignore. Lots of substance and great balance. Drink from 2019. Tasting this earlier this month, the first time since January, it was evident just how much this has come on since its infancy. The tell-tale reductive tautness of Charles’ winemaking combines beautifully with the natural opulence of the fruit. Excellent control and balance throughout. Lots of potential here.

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    The Ballot-Millot style gives the taut, reductive, mineral core and the gentle use of new oak adds a touch of spice, but there is an opulence to this Genevrières which adds a hedonistic dimension that is impossible to ignore. Lots of substance and great balance. Drink from 2019. Tasting this earlier this month, the first time since January, it was evident just how much this has come on since its infancy. The tell-tale reductive tautness of Charles’ winemaking combines beautifully with the natural opulence of the fruit. Excellent control and balance throughout. Lots of potential here.

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    Not much difference between these last two this year, qualitatively speaking at least. The purity of this on the nose and through the palate is enough to win you over. Drink from 2017.

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    This is from a 0.6 hectare parcel, and it would be easy to think of this as the signature wine of the domaine. Meursault at its most mineral and racy, with a wine making style that leans towards the reductive. Such intensity and length, it is wines like these that will restore our confidence in laying down white Burgundy. Drink from 2020. This only needs to end up half as good as the astonishing 2014 to be a cracker and all the signs are that it is not too far behind already. Lithe, salty, structured and energetic. Very complete and quite lovely

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    This is from a 0.6 hectare parcel, and it would be easy to think of this as the signature wine of the domaine. Meursault at its most mineral and racy, with a wine making style that leans towards the reductive. Such intensity and length, it is wines like these that will restore our confidence in laying down white Burgundy. Drink from 2020. This only needs to end up half as good as the astonishing 2014 to be a cracker and all the signs are that it is not too far behind already. Lithe, salty, structured and energetic. Very complete and quite lovely

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    This is a first class Charmes, showing more tension and bite than many examples. It has all the richness you would want from a Charmes but the finsih holds up long and true.

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    For a Charmes this is quite cool and floral, with good layers and structure that give it purpose and definition. Plenty to come. Drink from 2019. Arguably the most “Meursault-like” of all the Meursaults, being that little bit richer and voluminous yet Charles still keeps things in check and balanced. There is a nice, fresh core to support the textural fruit flavours and lots of length.

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    For a Charmes this is quite cool and floral, with good layers and structure that give it purpose and definition. Plenty to come. Drink from 2019. Arguably the most “Meursault-like” of all the Meursaults, being that little bit richer and voluminous yet Charles still keeps things in check and balanced. There is a nice, fresh core to support the textural fruit flavours and lots of length.

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    Narvaux is one of Meursault’s best non-1ers Crus plots, sitting above Genevrières on well exposed rocky slopes. The minerality sucked up from the terroir combined with the cool but ripe fruit flavours have produced a wine of real bite and intensity. There is something for everyone here and the finish is quite mouthwatering. Drink from 2019. The perfect vineyard for this vintage, some altitude and lots of rock just beneath the surface. Consequently, the wine is bristling with verve and intensity and the balance is just a delight. The energy sweeps the flavours home and leaves the mouth tingling with flavour and tension.