2014 Tavannes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
Darker spicier, sinewy fruit on the nose, plum, macerated cherries, damson, wood notes, mineral, stones. Gorgeous grip and bite, deep black fruit, plum, cherries, complexing wood spice, mineral drive, rich tannins, great acid and the toasty oak on the finish. Drinking range: 2017 - L&S (Nov 2015)
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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.
The wood treatment is a bit more prominent on the menthol-infused red and dark cherry and earth scents. There is once again a fine sense of verve and detail to the slightly bigger and solidly concentrated middle weight flavors that culminate in a moderately rustic and ever-so-mildly drying finish. While the balance is not ideal this is still an appealing effort and I would suggest serving it with an appropriate dish to help round off the slight edginess. 2020+ Rating: 87 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2016)
Dark and smoky with a savoury, earthy character. Rating: 7.25/10 Susie Barrie MW (Jan 2016)
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