2013 1er Cru Rugiens Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
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Dark garnet colour. Rich body; a chunky, completely ripe and full wine, but one which needs a little time to come together, with the structure poking though in places. Drinking range: 2018 - L&S (Dec 2014)
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(from a .66 ha holding located in both Bas and Hauts that is apportioned roughly 50/50). Yet again generous wood stops just short of dominating the distinctly cool and reserved nose that is composed of plum, violet, earth and black raspberry liqueur-like scents. There is ample minerality on the more muscular and more intense flavors that possess excellent power on the robust, balanced and mouth coating finish. Patience will be required. 2023+ Rating: 90-93 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2015)
Quite a chunky nose. Lots of matter and tannin here but a reasonable interpretation. Needs to be kept and one would hope it would put on a bit of flesh. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2015)
Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2015)
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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