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Clay and lots of limestone, but is the soft yellow limestone, and this makes for the wine's classy yet easy charming appeal vintage after vintage. It is above Épenots and Argillieres, very much on the slope, a thin soil over stones and rock. It ripens easily and has to be harvested quite early to preserve acidity. As usual it has the class of a wine from a rocky slope, but also this supple gourmand side. L&S (Jan 2013)
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A simply stunning bottle: pure Burgundy class. Attractive raspberry fruit on the nose has a savoury edge of smoky sausage and a note of autumnal bonfire. Pinot vines are planted in a rocky soil with soft yellow limestone, which adds a precise mineral undertone to the palate. Lovely harmony of flavour, with initial silkiness of ripe raspberry fruit followed by white pepper spice and good tannic grip for foodJulie Sheppard, Imbibe Magazine(Oct 2017)
Looking more mature than it tastes, this 2011 is a generous, mouthfilling Premier Cru Pinot Noir with toasty-smoky oak on both the nose and palate balanced against spicy, sweet cherry and red berry fruit, savoury undertones and supple tannins. Perfect to drink now, but with plenty of life in it. Rating: 91 The Wine Gang - www.thewinegang.com(Oct 2017)
Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
The origins of the Pillot family in Chassagne can be traced back to the eighteenth century, when they seem to have been coopers more than vignerons. In the nineteenth century they abandoned barrel-making in favour of enlarging the property in Chassagne. Fernand and Laurent, who is the fourth generation, added to it again in 1992, and then in 2001 Laurent's wife Marie-Anne inherited half of her family's property, the Pommard domaine of Pothier-Rieusset, and Laurent and his father bought the other half. The domaine now stands at 14.5 hectares of vines across almost the whole length of the Côte de Beaune from Santenay to Beaune.
The Domaine is worked according to organic principles and are ploughed – no chemical weedkillers are used. They have also been members of the Dephy-ECO-phyto group, which works to reduce the number of treatments using copper sulphate, since 2012.
Laurent has always managed 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 of three, Anaïs, Adrien and Eugène. They are all mad about the alps and disappear up the mountains at regular intervals.
Laurent's eldest son Adrien has been travelling the world making wine all over the place for the last few years having completed his training in Beaune. Bringing back lessons learnt in Australia, South Africa and California (and from a stint at Lea & Sandeman) - he now helps Laurent with all aspects of the wine-making and viticulture at the domaine. The wines have long been L&S favourites in both red and white - they represent excellent value, and they age very well too, despite being attractive young. The whites are precise and pure, and not lacking for body and generosity, while the reds are velvety and juicy, beautifully balanced even if drunk young on their expressive Pinot fruit. The domaine was rightfully heralded in Decanter Magazine last year as 'an address that deserves to be better-known'. Great value and real pleasure across their range.
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