2013 Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
From a vineyard which was extensively hailed. Racked but not ready for bottling. Bright, with a good brambly sweet-flavoured depth to the fruit. Supple and still well-defined. Drinking range: 2015 - 2018 L&S (Dec 2014)
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(one-third of this is from the 1er vineyards of Les Brouillards and Roncerets). A more elegant if not necessarily more complex nose features airy and restrained aromas of both red and dark berry fruit along with hints of spice, floral and earth. There is good minerality to the detailed, intense and moderately austere flavors that deliver reasonably good length though there is a trace of backend dryness that isn’t fatal though it does detract mildly from the balance. 2017+ Rating: 87 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2015)
Pale crimson. Is there a hint of oak on the nose? This is a relatively stodgy Volnay – is it grown close to Pommard? But there is at least some ripe fruit in the middle. And the price is modest. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 Rating: 16+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2015)
Rating: 90 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.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.
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