2015 1er Cru Vergers Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
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Old vines here, and as the first of the series of Premiers Crus, a distinct leap up in class. A bit of salinity giving a freshness underneath, and giving the whole mouthful a vibrant buzz - hard not to swallow, long and straight; easy hedonism which demands another glass. Drinking range: 2018 - 2024 L&S (Nov 2016)
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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.
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