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The Pillots have nearly a hectare of this 'lieu-dit' of Chassagne Village which is below the Premier Cru La Maltroie. This is just the 2nd time he has vinified it separately, as after the inaugural vintage in 2015 - he was hit hard by frost and there was not enough to do anything with in 2016. Laurent has been working on this plot for several years after buying it in a poor state and planted with Pinot. It is a triumph with Chardonnay and well worth splitting out in to its own bottling. Very pure, yet richer and creamier than the Village wine. Touch of brown sugar on the top of the hard apple. It is a lovely expression. Much deeper and more complex with just enough freshness. L&S (Oct 2018)
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Background notes of matchstick set off the fresh aromas of citrus, petrol and various white-fleshed fruit wisps. There is a bit more volume to the succulent but punchy medium-bodied flavors that possess both better length as well as better balance. Note that this could easily be enjoyed young. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 88 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jun 2019)
The 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chênes returns to the lineup this year and represents a definite step up over the regular bottling, exhibiting pretty aromas of pears, fresh melon, spices and white peach. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, satiny and nicely concentrated, with chewy extract, succulent acids and a persistent finish. This offers excellent value. Drinking range: 2018 - 2026 Rating: 89 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(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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