The story of Boisset Collection begins in 1961 with a couple in the heart of Burgundy, France, embarking on careers in the wine trade.
Jean-Claude and Claudine Boisset acquired their first wines from neighbors, and then sold them to family friends. In 1964, they purchased Les Evocelles in Gevrey-Chambertin, their first vineyard plot, now one of many in the family domain. Within a generation, the company would grow to be the leading wine producer in Burgundy, with a collection of wineries spanning two continents and a presence in 80 countries.
Transcending traditional boundaries, Boisset Family Estates embraces audacity and innovation, uniting Old World and New into one, offering an unparalleled exploration of terroir, heritage, vineyards and style.
Today, the family collection includes wineries that share more than 20 centuries of combined winemaking heritage and tradition in some of the world’s most prestigious terroirs, from Burgundy to the South of France, to California’s Napa Valley and Russian River Valley. Cistercian monks planted the vineyards of Le Clos Vougeot in 1110, inspiring Domaine de la Vougeraie to this day. Bouchard Aîné & Fils has built its family reputation in Beaune since 1750. Buena Vista Winery is California’s first premium winery, founded in Sonoma in 1857. These are just a few examples of the remarkable history living within the Boisset Collection.
Jean-Charles Boisset now carries his parents’ vision into the future. His lifelong passion for wine began as a child, as he grew up above the cellars and within view of the centuries-old vineyards of Château du Clos de Vougeot, the epicenter and birthplace of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. After working for eight years to develop Boisset’s U.S. business, Jean-Charles returned to France in 1999, where he and his sister Nathalie developed and implemented the company’s evolving philosophy – from négociant-éleveur to viniculteur.
Today, the Boisset Collection unites the old and new worlds of wine with its Franco-American spirit and wineries on two continents. The modern collection comprises 10 estates in California, 13 in France, and one each in Italy and Canada. However, Jean-Charles has expanded from the world of wine and spirits to include a lifestyle vision; he has created namesake collections for jewelry, perfume and the JCB Passion Collection by Baccarat — the first glassware line the historic French crystal company has ever done with a vintner. In addition, the JCB offerings include home accessories that exemplify the JCB world of hospitality and entertaining.
“We make wine. This is our life, not a business, but the art of life. Wine is the essence of who we are; we are gorgeous glasses and beautiful decanters. Wine is a lifestyle, and we want to share that passion with our customers,” said Jean-Charles Boisset, President of Boisset Family Estates.
Boisset’s name carries weight in the world of wine. He has amassed numerous accolades, landing on Decanter Magazine’s “Power List” of the fifty most important people in the wine world each year of its publication since 2007, as well as receiving the Meininger’s International Wine Entrepreneur of the Year and “Innovator of the Year” honors from Wine Enthusiast Magazine, both in 2008.
Commitment to sustainability
Jean-Charles Boisset leads the family firm with passionate commitment to fine wine, history, quality and a deep respect for the environment. Beginning in 1994, Boisset implemented organic and Biodynamic farming across all of the family’s estate vineyards in Burgundy and California – a practice he first observed at the age of seven from his grandmother. All estate vineyards are certified-organic and Biodynamic, and solar panels provide 100% of the energy needs of Raymond Vineyards and DeLoach Vineyards in California.
Biodynamic farming stimulates biodiversity, treating the vineyard as a self-contained eco-system to foster a natural balance with the earth, the vine, and the people caring for it, to produce wines true to their source, in harmony with and expressive of their unique site. Boisset also instituted the concept of “viniculteur,” redefining the company’s traditional role to encompass a close and active interest in all aspects of winegrowing to ensure premium quality and sustainable farming practices.
“Organic, Biodynamic winemaking is the only right way to produce wine,” Boisset explained. “Not only does it benefit the earth and the vineyard, but the consumer enjoys pure wine, the essence of wine. We offer the passport of the land to our customers.”
In the spirit of Biodynamics, the Boisset family is attentive to all of the essential aspects of terroir, including the soil, the climate, and importantly, the people and their passion. This means maintaining and encouraging biodiversity on the winery estates, giving back to nature through local organizations that protect and preserve it for future generations, and in the holistic spirit of Biodynamics, cultivating a sense of community with our neighbors, growers, and partners.
Boisset continued, “The interaction of the sun, the moon and the earth – there is nothing more natural than Biodynamic farming. This practice allows us to share the true personality of the wine.”
Elevated Holiday Gifting
Boisset Collection joined the Elevated Lifestyle program in November 2020, bringing a bevy of gifting (and holiday celebration hosting!) options just in time for the giving season. Explore recommended gift options from the Boisset team below!
This elegant three-bottle gift set includes one bottle each of (vertical of Raymond) “1 1/2 Acre” Red Blend, including 2014, 2015 & 2016 vintages.
2014 was the second harvest of meter-by-meter planting at Raymond Vineyards. The estate is designed to be the truest expression of terroir from their certified organic and Biodynamic® vineyard.
All 1 1/2 Acre blends open with enticing aromas of currant, cassis and candied violets with a touch of nutmeg. The soft and supple blend has a nice round mouthfeel showcasing bright acidity and Bing cherry mixed with red fruits. The finish is long and beautiful with fine-grained tannins.
DeLoach Pinot Noir
The Maboroshi Vineyard, nestled in the Sebastopol Hills at 600 feet in elevation, is one of the first spots to clear from the morning fog as ridges to the west shelter the site from any lingering marine layer. The Pennacchio Vineyard is located in the southern hills of the Russian River Valley, south of the town of Sebastopol. The vineyard is planted with a single Pinot Noir selection – Clone 115 – on Saint George root-stock.
The Big Chill
This elegant gift set includes one bottle of JCB N° 8 Vintage Crémant de Bourgogne plus a stunning JCB Prestige Ice Bucket. Harmonious, elegant and balanced, JCB N° 8 is the quintessential harmony between Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It is the yin and the yang, both sophisticated and complex.