2015 Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
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With a third of this coming from the Pillots 1er Cru sites this 'Village' wine delivers really sophisticated pleasure at this level. Juicily expressive, intense and with decent weight - yet so well measured. Great red fruit intensity is seasoned with some saline, minerals notes and good spice that lead to the long, deep finish. Drinking range: 2018 - 2025 L&S (Nov 2016)
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(one-third of this is from the 1er vineyards of Les Brouillards and Roncerets). Notably more elegant aromas are composed by notes of red currant, cherry, spice and violet scents. I very much like the underlying tension and detail to the subtly mineral-inflected flavors that offer fine depth and length on the inviting finish. This is a quality Volnay village and worth considering. Drinking range: - 2021 Rating: 89 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Apr 2017)
Sweet oak spice, tight tannic weave, compact red fruit. Far less forthcoming than their Santenay Prarons Dessus but with loads of layered fruit intensity and lovely, long-lasting tannin. Not giving much away yet - but should flourish. 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.
Read more about Adrien here in this recent Forbes article here.
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