The wines from Domaine Ballot-Millot offer exceptional value and continue to still fall under the radar despite all of the positive reviews his wines receive. Charles Ballot is the 15th generation to oversee this Meursault based domaine and over the years has significantly improved the quality of wines (they already had a very good reputation) while protecting their enviable array of old vines.
In the vineyards Charles instituted a more natural approach, stopping the use of herbicides and ploughing the soil instead. The amount of work and time spent in the vineyards has increased substantially and the domaine now practices organic viticulture (not certified). Yields have also been reduced considerably with a greater emphasis on sorting.
In the cellar the wines are barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts before spending 12 months in oak and another six months in tank before release. Use of new oak is modest with the wines seeing between 10-25%. The resulting wines are tense, vibrant, and mineral. Impressively terroir expressive, they offer exceptional intensity and length and are ridiculously good value considering where the prices of top white Burgundy have been going.