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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    We step up a gear here for what is a very complete and complex wine. Texturally imposing and remarkable intensity and presence. Serious stuff. Drink from 2018.

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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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    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 finest lieu dits and this is a brilliant example. Sitting just above Les Perrières, on very stony soil, this has amazing weight yet so much stoniness and chalky character with hints of flint and struck match. Energetic, pure and razor like.

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    Narvaux is one of Meursault`s finest lieu dits and this is a brilliant example. Sitting just above Les Perrières, on very stony soil, this has amazing weight yet so much stoniness and chalky character with hints of flint and struck match. Energetic, pure and razor like.