Burgundy 2018 – Bl–Bz

For the rest of these alphabetically grouped tasting articles, and more general articles on Burgundy 2018, see our guide. This photo of Claudine and Jean-Marc Blain of Domaine Blain-Gagnard in Chassagne was taken by Jon Wyand.

The wines are grouped alphabetically by producer (sur)name and within those groups are ordered whites before reds, ascending from generic through village, premiers and grands crus. You can change the order as you prefer using the menu below.

Domaine Marc-Antonin Blain (Chassagne-Montrachet)

Dom Marc-Antonin Blain 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet

Son of the owners of Blain-Gagnard.
Super-ripe lemon and green fruits, almost veering to apricot. Creamy too. Powerful in its ripeness but, to my surprise, not lacking in freshness, though the acid seems quite soft. Persistent too. Dense rather than elegant. (JH)

Drink
2022
2026
£320 per case of 12 ib Haynes Hanson & Clark
16.5

Dom Marc-Antonin Blain, Grand Cru 2018 Bâtard-Montrachet

Monsieur Blain senior explained that his father-in-law left these vines to his grandson – a good way to keep him home in Chassagne when the young are so keen to travel!
Subtle, spicy aroma. Rich, mouth-filling and creamy. Dense rather than fresh – may not appeal to acid lovers but it is balanced in the style of the vintage. Real power here. I am not sure how this will age but there is so much matière that it could do better than I expect.
(JH)

Drink
2023
2028
£840 per case of 6 ib Haynes Hanson & Clark
17 +

Dom Marc-Antonin Blain 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet

A little darker and more spicy on the nose than Blain’s parents’ wine. More savoury, more tannic, and less immediate appeal but will perhaps have a longer life? (JH)

Drink
2024
2030
£210 per case of 12 ib Haynes Hanson & Clark
16 +

Dom Marc-Antonin Blain, Morgeot Premier Cru 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet

Vines aged 80+ years.
Deepish crimson. Rich and ripe on the nose, spicy, oak showing but not overdone. Firm, chewy, compact, deep and long and embryonic. Sturdy rather than elegant, for now at least. (JH)

Drink
2025
2032
£335 per case of 12 ib Haynes Hanson & Clark
16.5

Domaine Blain-Gagnard (Chassagne-Montrachet)

Dom Blain-Gagnard 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet

Delicate, slightly stony citrus with a light touch of oak spice. Gently chewy texture, broad but finishes tighter and fresher. Spicy aftertaste. (JH)

Drink
2021
2024
£285 per case of 12 ib Haynes Hanson & Clark
16

Dom Blain-Gagnard 2018 Puligny-Montrachet

Bottled in November because the fermentation did not finish until July 2019! Other whites bottled August 2019.
The fruit is more tangy here than on the Chassagne, more grapefruit. Oak influence nicely restrained. Really good depth of fruit here so that the oak spice is not dominant. Fresh and spicy on the finish. (JH)

Drink
2022
2025
£305 per case of 12 ib Haynes Hanson & Clark
16.5

Dom Blain-Gagnard, La Boudriotte Premier Cru 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet

Rich and spicy on the nose. Creamy oak in evidence. On the palate, that same rich creaminess, broad and spicy with just enough freshness. Good fruit depth and a long spicy finish but could do with just a little more zip to be really refreshing. (JH)

Drink
2022
2026
£425 per case of 12 ib Haynes Hanson & Clark
16.5

Dom Blain-Gagnard, Grand Cru 2018 Bâtard-Montrachet

A little bit smoky/reductive on the nose but it’s subtle. Power and spicy intensity on the palate. Broad and length and again the freshness is as much in the spice as in the acidity. Long, deep, creamy finish. (JH)

Drink
2024
2030
£735 per case of 6 ib Haynes Hanson & Clark
17.5

Dom Blain-Gagnard 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet

Lightish crimson. Sweet cherry fruit, open. Chewy chocolate-smooth tannins. Firm yet harmonious. (JH)

Drink
2022
2028
£195 per case of 12 ib Haynes Hanson & Clark
16

Domaine Henri Boillot (Meursault)

Dom Henri Boillot, Genevrières Premier Cru 2018 Meursault

Bottled. Powerfully herbal on the nose. Sweet start and then tense. Maybe just a little too opulent? I think for the money I might choose a J-M Boillot. It’s rich and winning.

Drink
2023
2032
£720 per case of 12 ib Lea & Sandeman
16.5 +

Dom Henri Boillot, Clos de la Mouchère Premier Cru 2018 Puligny-Montrachet

Wow, ‘I remember when this cost just… ’, and when it was a regular on British Airways! Bottled. 
Actually, this doesn’t seem quite as tense and smouldering as when it was a J-M Boillot wine. But perhaps my memory is playing tricks on me.

Drink
2023
2033
£1090 per case of 12 ib Lea & Sandeman
17 -

Dom Henri Boillot, Les Caillerets Premier Cru 2018 Volnay

Bottled. Bright, fairly pale crimson. This smells much more appetising than many of the Rossignol wines just tasted. Though it’s certainly less obviously ripe, dramatic and sweet. All in the right place and still a little raw.

Drink
2026
2040
£855 per case of 12 ib Lea & Sandeman
17

Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot (Pommard)

Dom Jean-Marc Boillot 2018 Puligny-Montrachet

Bottled. In naughty heavy bottles still.
Quite rich start and then a good fist of matchstick at first than subsides and produces a wine that no-one could object to (apart from the price) – glam and smoky.

Drink
2025
2030
£430 per case of 12 ib Lea & Sandeman
16.5

Dom Jean-Marc Boillot 2018 Puligny-Montrachet

A cereal and mealy note with a subtle flinty note. The fruit is fairly generous and plump on the palate, quite a broad style. (AC)

Drink
2021
2028
£219 per case of 6 ib Armit Wines
16

Dom Jean-Marc Boillot 2018 Puligny-Montrachet

Bottled. Stony citrus on the nose and then unexpected sweet lemon fruit on the palate. Very attractively rounded while remaining fresh. (JH)

Drink
2022
2026
£225 per case of 6 ib Goedhuis
16

Dom Jean-Marc Boillot, Premier Cru 2018 Montagny

Bottled. A bit mealy and unfocused initially but with excellent tension, reduction and – possibly – a little dissolved carbon dioxide to give it energy? Few would be disappointed by this, though it’s slightly smoke and mirrors.

Drink
2022
2028
£185 per case of 12 ib Lea & Sandeman
16.5

Domaine Louis Boillot and Louis Boillot

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Claudine and Jean-Marc Blain