2011 1er Cru Charmots Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
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 food Julie 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 www.thewinegang.com (Oct 2017)
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.
Just when you think Burgundy is getting a tad expensive, some other upward pressures are applied to prices - small harvests and Chinese wine buyers are the current in vogue factors. Luckily for you, there are merchants out there (or here, to be precise) with the nouse to seek out good value even in a region where good value can feel hard to come by. Here's a fine old selection, red and white, all with prices south of £20 a bottle - not necessarily a price to tempt the less discerning away from the discount supermarket but it does mean that us ordinary mortals can still afford to drink Burgundy.
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