The Growers > Domaine Jean-Marc et Thomas BouleyWhen Thomas Bouley joined his father Jean-Marc at the age of twenty in 2002, he vowed to make the domaine one of the finest in Volnay. Since taking over completely in 2012, he has more than achieved his goal, and is spoken of in the same terms as Frédéric Lafarge. His knowledge and enthusiasm are breathtaking.
He is entirely focussed on making the best wine possible, and this means constant work in the vineyards: you get the impression he knows the foibles of each individual vine on his nine hectares, and he can certainly tell you the exact soil composition and microclimate of each of his 29 plots. Here intervention is kept to a minimum, and he believes in encouraging the vines’ natural vigour: no fertiliser is used, no systemic treatments, no green harvesting, and hedging as late as possible after flowering. This gives him a greater number of smaller bunches, with a better skin-to-juice ratio.
Thomas has some of the choicer vineyards in Volnay and Pommard: Clos des Chênes, Caillerets, Carelles, Fremiers and Rugiens, as well as a 1er cru in Beaune. His wines are expressive, pure and full of energy.
2017 saw a welcome return to normal yields after years of hail and frost. Rain in the spring caused a little disease pressure, but flowering conditions were perfect, although towards the end of the growing season the lack of rain started to become an issue. Fortunately, it rained at the end of August, saving his vintage. The wines are a delight: fresh, relaxed and full of life.