2015 Tavannes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Pommard
ABV 13.5%
Vineyard Tavannes

As one might expect, this is fatter and rounder than the Volnay, with a touch more sweetness and more structure and tannin too - but all fine in texture - the clay that this is on gives a Pommard which is very velvety, and all these wines have red fruit freshness. Drinking range: 2017 - 2025 L&S (Nov 2016)

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A slightly riper assortment of red berry fruit aromas is laced with more prominent earth and a whisper of floral nuances. The rich, bold and relatively powerful medium-bodied flavors exude a discreet minerality onto the mildly austere but not really rustic and well-balanced finish. Unlike the relatively accessible prior wines, the firm supporting tannins make it clear that this will need at least a few years of bottle age first. This too is worth considering. Drinking range: - 2023 Rating: 89 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Apr 2017)

Much more feral than their Volnay - though not unpleasantly so. Rather, the fruit has an earthy character as well as decent ripeness. Fairly light in body and structure for the typical Pommard expectation. Drinking range: 2019 - 2029 Rating: 17 Richard Hemming MW - 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 of three, one of whom worked at L&S for a stretch, learning the retail ropes.

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