2012 1er Cru Vergers Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Chassagne Montrachet
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 13%
Vineyard Vergers

Faint whiff of Islay! A sort of heathery freshness. Good ripeness and concentration. 'Fine and elegant' says Laurent, and it is.

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A highly expressive nose displays aromas of resin, nut oil, pear and white flowers. There is a bit more volume and mid-palate concentration to the medium-bodied flavors that possess more power though a bit less refinement on the extract-rich and caressing citrus-infused finish. This is generous but balanced and another wine that should both age yet drink well young. 2018+
90 (Jun 2014)

Flinty, steely character on the palate. Light oak spice. Broad, smooth, lengthy and pretty chunky, thanks to comparatively low acid. 2015-2024


The 2012 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers is slightly muted on the nose and despite coaxing, remains tight-lipped at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with a waxy entry, just a subtle note of lemongrass that neatly folds into the citrus fruit. The finish is more expressive than the aromatics, which will hopefully become more expressive with a couple of years in bottle. Drink now-2019.


Laurent's wife Marie-Anne inherited half of her family's property, the Pommard domaine of Pothier-Rieusset, and he and his father have now bought the other half. The wines from this domaine represent excellent value, and they age very well too, despite being attractive young. Laurent's 1992 Grandes Ruchottes came top of a tasting of wines of that vintage in 2012, ahead of some supposedly much 'grander' domaines. Laurent manages to pack in a lot alongside his running of the vineyard. He has a sophisticated microlight which he flies to all corners of France, he keeps and hunts hawks, and conducts the Chassagne brass band as well as dabbling in Mayoral duties - on top of being a father.

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