2017 1er Cru Vide Bourse Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
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The Vide Bourse has a riper and more exotic feel to it. On the palate there is lots of vibrant, bright fruit. The concentration is impressive. Flavours of vanilla, nut, fig and stone fruit give the wine a broad feel. It is well integrated and the bracing acidity gives it structure. Long finish. Drinking range: 2019 - 2029 L&S (Oct 2018)
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Here too there are whiffs of the exotic present on the appealingly fresh aromas of pear, white peach, passion fruit, lavender and a hint of dried apricot. The wonderfully rich and admirably concentrated medium weight plus flavors coat the mouth with dry extract that also serves to buffer the moderately firm acid backbone shaping the beautifully long, robust and powerful finale where a hint of bitter lemon rind appears. Good stuff plus this should be approachable young if desired. Drinking range: 2025 - Rating: 92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jun 2019)
The 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Vide Bourse was showing well from barrel, exhibiting aromas of honeyed pears, mandarin, lemon and dried white flowers. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, ample and satiny, with tangy acids to cut through its textural unctuousness and a pure, nicely defined finish. It's the chunkiest, broadest-shouldered wine in the Pillot cellar and should develop well with further élevage and bottle age. Rating: 92-94 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Feb 2019)
Tank sample. Pretty, floral nose. Very youthful with the building blocks obvious. Racy and chiselled. Pretty powerful. Very promising. Lots to chew on Drinking range: 2021 - 2030 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 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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