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The fermentations start with native yeast and are done in stainless steel tanks for 20 to 25 days. Extractions are always gentle with the number of punchdowns and pumping over adjusted to the conditions of the vintages and the terroir. The Pinot Noirs are aged for 12 months in oak barrels, with around 20% new oak before being aged for another six months in vats before bottling. The red wines are neither fined nor filtered.
Genot-Boulanger has two parcels in the village of Chambolle-Musigny - Les Nazoires and Les Mombies. They are both on the Vougeot side, located below the village, on the bottom of the slope. In total, both parcels are 0.76 hectare.
Pommard Vieilles Vignes
The Pommard Vieilles Vignes comes from three parcels in Pommard: Les Cras, Les Vignots, and La Chanière. Les Cras is at the bottom of the slope. The word “Cras” comes from “coteau pierreux” or “stony hillside.” It is often used to refer to vines that are down the slope, where the is its most rocky. Les Vignots and La Chanière are located on the slope just above the village of Pommard in more clay based calcareous soils. In total, the three parcels are 2.22 hectares.
Pommard 1er cru clos blanc
Pommard 1er Cru "Clos Blanc" is located along the Route des Grands Crus road just next to the entrance to the village of Pommard and is contiguous to Les Grands Epenots. It is named “Clos Blanc” because of the large concentration of limestone and clay, so much so that the soil appears white. Following the phylloxera crisis, this parcel was the first of the village to be replanted. Genot-Boulanger's parcel was planted in 1966 and is 0.33 hectare.
Beaune 1er Cru Les Greves
Les Greves is perfectly located on the heart of the midslope of Beaune. The lieu dit's name is a reference to the gravely soil and possibly also derived from the word “graves” (serious) for the intensity of the rocks found in the soil. Genot-Boulanger's parcel was planted in parts during the 1960s and 1980. It is 1.04 hectare in size and is located mid-slope where the grade is the steepest.
Mercurey 1er Cru Sazenay
Mercurey is one of the most important appellations in the Côte Chalonnaise. Genot-Boulanger's parcel of Mercurey 1er Cru Sazenay was planted in 2000 and 2015. The plot is 1.81 hectare and is well situated on the slope with a full eastern exposure.
Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru Clos du Chapitre
In the heart of the village of Aloxe-Corton, enclosed entirely by walls, is the "Clos du Chapitre." It owes its name to the canons, who were important owners of vineyards in Burgundy in the 13th century. The canons were clerics who answered directly to the Bishop and "Chapitre" translates to "religious order or chapter."
The 0.97 hectare vineyard is located at the bottom of the slope, in the heart of the village, and is south facing. On average the vines are over fifty years old. The soil is reddish brown with lots of silex and limestone.
clos de Vougeot
Genot-Boulanger's 0.43 hectare parcel in the lieu dit “Les Boudes Basses” was planted in 1986. The vineyard gros in shallow brown soil with a calcareous and clay based sub-soil.
The Chardonnays at Genot-Boulanger are whole-cluster pressed. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation occurs in barrels with native yeasts and there is no batonnage. The percentage of new barrels used is around 20-30%. After 12 months of aging, the wine is racked and aged for another six months in stainless steel before being bottled.
Meursault Les Vireuils
Les Vireuils is located on the eastern slope of the hill, just behind the village. Its exposure and its location at the top-of-the-hill contributes to it being perfect for wines that express finesse over power. Genot-Boulanger's parcel was planted in 1957 and is 0.23 hectare in size within the lieu-dit Vireuils Dessous. The soil is of white marl and limestone.
Meursault Clos du Cromin
Clos du Cromin is located on the bordering hillside to Volnay and historically, it was planted in Pinot Noir, not Chardonnay. For many years it was the only parcel of Meursault the domaine owned. As a result, it became synonymous with the estate and for the last 25 years has been its most visible wine.
Genot-Boulanger's parcel is 1.42 hectares and located at the bottom of the slope where the soil is rich in clay.
Meursault Meix Chavaux
Meix Chavaux is located west of the village of Meursault at mid-slope. The vineyard forms one of the borders of Meursault and is just the small river, the Ruisseau des Cloux.
Genot-Boulanger's 0.50 hectare parcel was planted in 1970 and due to its north-eastern exposure retains a lot of freshness. The soils are shallow and very stony so they drain well. Also, thanks to the Combe of Auxey-Duresses that is contiguous to the plot, there is a cooling effect that helps maintain more consistenly cool temperatures.
Puligny Montrachet Nosroyes
"Les Nosroyes" is French for walnuts. Walnut trees thrive in limestone soils and are sensitive to moisture, just like vines.
Genot-Boulanger's plot is 1.13 hectare in the middle of the slope, just north of the village. Nosroyes is just under the Puligny-Montrachet premier cru "Les Perrières."
Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru la Garenne
“La Garenne” comes from the medieval Latin word "Warenna", a term for a section of the woods surrounded by walls or hedges that is reserved for nobility as a hunting area of small game (most often rabbit - hence the expression "rabbit de garenne").
Genot-Boulanger's 0.37 hectare parcel was planted in 1991 and is located at the top of the slope just before the tree line. The bedrock is pure limestone and the top soil is very fine earth mixed with a different types of calcareous stones. They turn up fossilized shells while plowing on the regular.
Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru Les Vergelesses Blanc
The climat of Les Vergelesses extends across Savigny lès-Beaune and Pernand-Vergelesses. Its name comes from the old road that used to connect Beaune to the lordship of Vergy.
Genot-Boulanger's parcel of Chardonnay is 0.21 hectare and was planted in 1991. The poor and shallow soils are white marl and limestone based as well as rich in silt and sand.
Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Vergers
The Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers is made from a 0.7 hectare plot of Chardonnay planted in 2004. The parcel is located north of the village and is east facing. The soil is predominantly limestone but varies between more a higher concentration of marl or sand in certain spots.
Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Folatieres
Genot-Boulanger's 0.35 hectare parcel of Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Folatieres was planted in the 1970s on a hillside of limestone and marly soils and with an ideal southeastern exposure. The family attributes the harmonious balance of the wine to the geological balance of limestone and clay in the soil. In their eyes it is one of the best 1er Cru of Puligny-Montrachet.
Meursault 1er Cru Boucheres
The word "bouchot" in old Burgundian dialect means "bush" or "small wooded area.” At the time, how wooded the area was characterized the area. Meursault 1er Cru Boucheres is in one of the most barren areas of Meursault. There is so little top soil and so rocky that only a few bushes grow there, hence its name.
Genot-Boulanger's 0.61 plot of Chardonnay was planted in the 1990s and is located south-west of the village. The terroir is characterized by its steep slope and shallow calcareous soils where the bedrock is practically near the surface.
The story goes that the Emperor Charlemagne was a big of red wines from this hill in Aloxe-Corton. Later in life, he grew tired of the red wines staining his legendary beard so he ordered Chardonnay to be planted instead.
Genot-Boulanger's 0.29 hectare parcel of Chardonnay was planted in 1940 in "Le Charlemagne", and has a south-west exposure. The parcel has a perfect geological cross section: the Oxfordian Jurassic layers of bedrock are younger than in the rest of the Côte.