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Still on the lees, never moved from the barrel - no racking. More concentrated than usual. Because of the vintage's low yields. Yes there is ripeness to the fruit - an intensity which is mind-boggling. Spiced pears. Ripe juice. It flows well, but there is a rich feel, an unctuousness despite the healthy acidity. Impressive and full of impact. L&S (Oct 2017)
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This is aromatically similar to the Vergers but with the addition of a pronounced petrol character. There is excellent intensity to the big-bodied, powerful and opulent flavors that also brim with dry extract on the powerful, saline and impressively persistent and complex finish. While this very rich effort could certainly be enjoyed in its youth, it also has the stuffing to reward extended cellaring. Drinking range: 2023 - Rating: 92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jun 2018)
Smoky and rich on the nose, with layers of flavour that represent a big step up from their Morgeot. Generous, fleshy, opulent and indulgent. Just enough acidic zing to freshen the finish. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 17.5 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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