2016 Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Chassagne Montrachet

(no Chenes this year - all in this village wine, as pre 2015.) Tasted from barrel. The weight strikes you immediately in the mouth. Good caramelly, nicely oaky feel, smartly judged. Quite broad fruit. Nicely weighted. Is good. Nice spiced-loaf note - tea cake with butter oozing. Yum. Unmistakably White Burgundy. L&S (Oct 2017)

*Case price: Mix any 12 bottles of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.

(from La Bergerie, Les Chênes, Benoîtes and La Corvée). A pungent mix consists of resin, petrol and pretty pear scents. There is good intensity and detail along with solid mid-palate density to the medium-bodied flavors that deliver good if not distinguished depth and persistence on the nicely dry finish. This could be enjoyed young or held for 4 to 6 years with confidence. Drinking range: 2021 - Rating: 88 Allen Meadows, 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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