2016 Tavannes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
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This has just been racked and moved from barrel to tank - to make space for the big harvest of 2017s that need space now in barrels. Despite this 'unrest' the wine is impressively calm and together. Very nice. Good flow, easy feel, but not simple. Red fruits dominate and add a piquancy to the richly weighty matter. L&S (Oct 2017)
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Really lovely complexity on the nose, with black cherry, wood spice, a touch of iodine and something slightly medicinal to finish. Characterful and opulent, and a good vindication of terroir. Drinking range: 2020 - 2036 Rating: 17+ 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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