2012 1er Cru Charmots Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
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(from a .35 ha parcel). Here the wood treatment is more discreet though not invisible with distinctly earthy aromas of dark currant, raspberry and humus. There is a terrific mouth feel to the concentrated big-bodied flavors that possess good verve before culminating in a balanced and solidly persistent finish where the wood resurfaces. Once again my predicted range offers the benefit of the doubt regarding the integration of the oak. 2022+ Rating: 90-92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2014)
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The 2012 Pommard 1er Cru Charmots has a lovely, understated bouquet with blackberry and raspberry scents intertwined with minerals. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe tannins, crisp redcurrant and cranberry fruit with a refined but flavorsome finish that lingers long in the mouth. Drink now-2020. Rating: 90-90 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Mar 2014)
Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Jan 2014)
Much richer and more modern fruit than their village Pommard. Juicy, expressive, mouthfilling and utterly delicious. They’ve managed to maximise the fruit flavour without any sense of over-extraction or crudeness. Excellent. 2016-2028 Rating: 18 Richard Hemming MW - 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 of three, one of whom worked at L&S for a stretch, learning the retail ropes.
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