2013 1er Cru Sentier du Clou Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
|Vineyard||Sentier du Clou|
Bright and lively, green fruit freshness. From a vineyard with very white limestone soils filled with clam shell fossils. Strikingly bright and vivid. Drinking range: 2015 - 2020 L&S (Nov 2014)
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A touch of matchstick character sits atop the otherwise fresh and pretty aromas of white flowers, pear and a hint of wet stone. The racy middle weight flavors possess both good detail and intensity before terminating in a citrus-inflected, linear and mildly austere finish. 2019+ Rating: 88 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jun 2015)
Notably fumy, reductive nose. Then the fruit is just a bit heavy and chewy on the palate. Not the finesse of some St-Aubins. Stolid. Dry finish. Drinking range: 2017 - 2022 Rating: 15.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2015)
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.
From the classic minerality of Chablis to the rich and comfortable Remi Jobard wine from Meursault, all of the textured joy of white Burgundy is here in this case. Whether aperitif, with dinner, or for washing down a mid-week supper, all occasions can be catered for.
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