2014 Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Volnay

Spicy, mulberry and plum fruit, rich full grippy tannins, nice ripeness, dark fruit, wood notes, good acid, decent length. Drinking range: 2017 - L&S (Nov 2015)

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(one-third of this is from the 1er vineyards of Les Brouillards and Roncerets). Once again a deft touch of wood sets off the very pretty and notably more elegant nose that is composed by notes of plum, violet, black cherry and subtle wisps of earth. The racy, intense and attractively mineral-inflected flavors exhibit a lovely sense of detail on the velvety if ever-so-mildly rustic finale. This isn’t an especially refined Volnay villages but the presence of the 1er juice is noticeable in the excellent complexity. This is worth considering. 2020+ Rating: 89 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Apr 2016)

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 of three, one of whom worked at L&S for a stretch, learning the retail ropes.

Christmas Red Burgundy Case

If there’s one perfect Christmas grape variety, it’s Pinot Noir. The juicy berry fruit is the perfect foil for the Christmas turkey (or goose, or beef joint); the lush seduction is perfect for quiet evenings with loved ones; the class and distinction is perfect for refined dinner parties; and, it tastes bloody nice too. The apogée of Pinot Noir is, of course, Burgundy but fine examples are to be found in selected plots of loveliness around the globe.

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