2015 Les Chênes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
Laurent has nearly a hectare of this 'lieu-dit', which is below the Premier Cru La Maltroie. This is the first time he has vinified it separately, as he has been working on it for several years after buying it in not a great state and planted with Pinot. Very pure, less broad than the regular village cuvée, and more linear. Nice freshness. Drinking range: 2017 - 2023 L&S (Nov 2016)
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Less charismatic than their Sur Le Sentier du Clou St-Aubin, though there is still a great concentration of fruit here, giving fuller body. Drinking range: 2017 - 2020 Rating: 16.5 Richard Hemming - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2017)
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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