2016 1er Cru Vide Bourse Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
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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
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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