2010 1er Cru Rugiens Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
After the Charmots, the Rugiens immediately shows much more structured, masculine, beefy concentration and powerful black fruit power. Very deep colour, black fruit flavours and very concentrated earthy spice. Laurent may not be as well-known as some as a producer of this vineyard (nor the same price either), but as Nicolas Rossignol once remarked to me of an earlier vintage 'c'est un vin qui m'a bien bluffé' - this is another wine which will surprise many! L&S (Dec 2011)
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Rating: 17.5 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jan 2012)
Blueish again. Lift and lively. Massively fruity – less obvious structure than in other Rugiens with a hint of strawberry Edinburgh rock. Personally, I’d go for their Charmots...2017-2027 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2012)
Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
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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