2017 1er Cru Fairendes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
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Brighter and more perk, more poise than the Morgeot tasted just before. It is because it is so different that Laurent has started making it as a separate wine when he can. It is from right up at the top of Morgeot bang next door to the Grandes Ruchottes vineyard. It is so expressive Laurent likes to keep it apart - and it is great that he does. A gorgeously juicy middle. Super lemon and soft citrus juice. Very succulent and inviting. The bright start mellows but the flow and energy remain. impressive depth revealed at finish. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027 L&S (Oct 2018)
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A slightly more elegant nose is similar but with more citrus and floral influences. Once again there is excellent volume to the somewhat finer and nicely concentrated flavors that possess excellent power and punch if perhaps not quite the same depth on the equally persistent finale. Drinking range: 2024 - Rating: 90 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jun 2019)
One of the high points of this year's portfolio is the 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Fairendes, a pretty wine that wafts from the glass with notes of green orchard fruit, citrus blossom, mandarin and pastry cream. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, elegant and pure, with good concentration, tangy acids and a pure, chalky finish. Rating: 92 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Feb 2019)
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 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, 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) - he now helps Laurent with all aspects of the wine-making and viticulture at the domaine. 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 last year 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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