2015 Tavannes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
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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
The origins of the Pillot family in Chassagne can be traced back to the eighteenth century, when they seem to have been coopers more than vignerons. In the nineteenth century they abandoned barrel-making in favour of enlarging the property in Chassagne. Fernand and Laurent, who is the fourth generation, added to it again in 1992, and then in 2001 Laurent's wife Marie-Anne inherited half of her family's property, the Pommard domaine of Pothier-Rieusset, and Laurent and his father bought the other half. The domaine now stands at 14.5 hectares of vines across almost the whole length of the Côte de Beaune from Santenay to Beaune.
The Domaine is worked according to organic principles and are ploughed – no chemical weedkillers are used. They have also been members of the Dephy-ECO-phyto group, which works to reduce the number of treatments using copper sulphate, since 2012.
Laurent has always managed 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, Anaïs, Adrien and Eugène. They are all mad about the alps and disappear up the mountains at regular intervals.
Laurent's eldest son Adrien has been travelling the world making wine all over the place for the last few years having completed his training in Beaune. Bringing back lessons learnt in Australia, South Africa and California (and from a stint at Lea & Sandeman) - he now helps Laurent with all aspects of the wine-making and viticulture at the domaine. The wines have long been L&S favourites in both red and white - they represent excellent value, and they age very well too, despite being attractive young. The whites are precise and pure, and not lacking for body and generosity, while the reds are velvety and juicy, beautifully balanced even if drunk young on their expressive Pinot fruit. The domaine was rightfully heralded in Decanter Magazine last year as 'an address that deserves to be better-known'. Great value and real pleasure across their range.
A fine selection from the majestic slopes of the Côte de Beaune.
Just when you think Burgundy is getting a tad expensive, some other upward pressures are applied to prices - small yields and a weak Sterling are the current factors. Luckily for you, there are merchants out there (or here, to be precise) with the nouse to seek out good value even in a region where good value can feel hard to come by. Here's a fine old selection, red and white, all with prices south of £20 a bottle - not necessarily a price to tempt the less discerning away from the discount supermarket but it does mean that us ordinary mortals can still afford to drink Burgundy.
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