2016 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Meursault
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 13.5%
Vineyard Caillerets

Already bottled. More nutty. More woody, more mineral. Nice, pear fruit. A tasty, grippy middle. Then mineral notes take over. Not blockbusting but good drive and length. L&S (Oct 2017)

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This was not affected by frost. Main losses for the domaine were in Chassagne and in Puligny and Saint Aubin, but this was spared. 40 hl/ha. This was bottled after harvest so later than usual. There is compact richness. Tight and dense with firm and fresh acidity. It is strong. Powerful. I like the muscular minerality on the finish. Score 18. This has good potential to age. I would wait until 2021 and I am sure it will evolve well over the following 10 to 15 years Laurent: “In 2016 where we have very low yields there are exotic fruits. This is well balanced, not heavy or over ripe or exotic like the Vergers for example. Caillerets with normal yields is fresh and not exotic.” Adrien: “We keep in on the lees and this seems to tighten the wine more.”Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 2019)

Pretty aromas of hazelnut, citrus and white flowers precede rich, generously proportioned and seductively textured flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the mildly drying finish. This may well come together but it’s a bit awkward today. Drinking range: 2021 - Rating: 89 Allen Meadows, (Jun 2018)

Cask sample. Attractive stone fruits to go with the green apple flavour, and plenty of concentration. Keeps a good dose of acidity for the finish, and there is well-integrated oak spice to add interest. Lovely floury texture to the mouthfeel, with impressive persistence. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 18 Richard Hemming MW - (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 his own plane which he flies to all corners of France, used keep 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), During harvest Adrien is now the one in the winery while Laurent takes charge of the picking team. 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 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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