2012 Rouge Vieilles Vignes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Chassagne Montrachet
ABV 13%

Round and nicely ripe, almost opulent, if still a tad 'hairy' just a bit unevolved). Quite structured and dense, should keep well. Four parcels, 18 ouvrées in all, of which 5 are in Premier Crus. Yield of 25 hl/ha, and it's denser than usual. 2015-2022.

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(45 to 50 year old vines). A notably ripe nose displays plenty of earth and pepper elements on the dark raspberry and plum scents. Here too the medium weight flavors possess an attractive mouth feel thanks to the solid concentration that buffers the moderately firm tannins on the dusty and persistent finish that offers good if not truly special depth. This should drink well after only a few years of bottle age. 2018+


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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