2012 1er Cru Grandes Ruchottes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
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As seamless as the Vide Bourse, but with more volume and the slightly 'harder' mineral drive to complement the concentration. Grand Vin from an exciting terroir. L&S (Dec 2013)
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This is the first wine in the range to be firmly reduced and I would strongly advise decanting it first if you're tempted to try a bottle young. There is both good ripeness and freshness to the concentrated, intense and mineral-driven flavors that brim with palate coating dry extract before culminating in a highly complex and citrus-infused finish. This beautiful effort is restrained and cool with really lovely balance. Recommended provided that you have the patience to cellar it for at least 4 to 5 years first. 2019+ Rating: 92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jun 2014)
Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2014)
Smoky, lightly reductive. Ripe apples and floral perfume. Shortish finish. 2014-2018 Rating: 16.5 Richard Hemming - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2014)
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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