2016 Prarons Dessus Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
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Really good. A huge step up in terms of feel and lift from the Bourgogne. This has proper shape and feel. Nice rich fruit - a bit richer than I expected, but it is nicely done. Poised enough and gently sculpted fruit - and good acidity to bring it all into line. L&S (Oct 2017)
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Confected red fruit, lots of cinnamon and allspice – very much the sweeter side of Pinot, although the finish is properly dry and gastronomic. Sharp acidity on the finish too. Drinking range: 2019 - 2026 Rating: 16 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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