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Gently seamless. There is a clarity here, an unforced flow and underlying sense of the mineral. L&S (Dec 2013)
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Discreet notes of pain grillé add nuance to the ever-so-slightly riper nose of mildly exotic dried peach and apricot aromas. There is excellent volume and mid-palate concentration to the impressively rich, punchy and mouth coating flavors that are really quite stylish. I like both the fine length and impeccable balance and while the complexity isn't fully developed yet, the requisite underlying material is present such that more should develop with a few years of bottle age. 2018+ Rating: 91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jun 2014)
The 2012 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Vide Bourse has an attractive bouquet with perfumed orange blossom and apricot scents, intermingling with toffee apple. The oak is nicely integrated here. The palate is very well-balanced with crisp acidity, vibrant citrus fruit and a lovely spice-tinged finish that lingers long on the finish, hints of Szechuan pepper on the tip of the tongue! This is one of the domaine’s best wines this year. Drink now-2022. Rating: 92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Mar 2014)
Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2014)
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 his own plane which he flies to all corners of France, used keep 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), During harvest Adrien is now the one in the winery while Laurent takes charge of the picking team. 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 as 'an address that deserves to be better-known'. Great value and real pleasure across their range.
Read more about Adrien here in this recent Forbes article here.
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