2016 1er Cru Grandes Ruchottes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
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Wow. This has lots going on. Lots of zip and acid, led by a heavy hit of ripe, quite soft citrus fruit - some warm energy. An undertow of chalk and some fine scraping texture too. But it is the impact which is seriously impressive. Its all here - a big, balanced beauty. L&S (Oct 2017)
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Well-layered aromas consist primarily of white fruit and citrus zest with background nuances of matchstick and petrol. The very rich and relatively full-bodied flavors are at once dense and powerful, all wrapped in a notably more complex, persistent and balanced finale. This is a big but harmonious effort that should drink well young if that’s your preference. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jun 2018)
Cask sample. Much more oak influence than their other premiers crus Chassagnes, giving smoke and spice and butter. Plentiful fruit in support, and lovely flinty notes too. Loads of substance and intensity – very impressive. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 18+ Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2018)
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.
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