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
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 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, 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) - he now helps Laurent with all aspects of the wine-making and viticulture at the domaine. 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 last year as 'an address that deserves to be better-known'. Great value and real pleasure across their range.
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