2012 1er Cru Vide Bourse Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Chassagne Montrachet
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 13%
Vineyard Vide Bourse

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, (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: 92-92 Neal Martin, (Mar 2014)

Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, (Jan 2014)

Lovely open-knit nose with floral character, flint, chalk and rich fruit. Delicious and opulent, without being over the top. 2014-2020 Rating: 17+ Richard Hemming - (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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