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Enticing fine fruit nose with a touch of smoke. Refined palate. Good structure to the dark fruit. There is substance and freshness, but it is the elegance of this site which comes out above all. Will repay a short time in the cellar. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030 L&S (Oct 2018)
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More subtle but not invisible wood frames the fresh, airy and distinctly cool aromas of violet, dark raspberry and a hint of forest floor. The bright, intense and energetic middle weight flavors once again terminate in a lingering if mildly dry finish that is again difficult to predict whether it will successfully age out. My projected range does offer the benefit of the doubt but know that the dryness dissipating is not a certainty. Drinking range: 2023 - Rating: 87-89 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Apr 2019)
The 2017 Pommard 1er Cru Charmots is excellent, unfurling in the glass with aromas of cassis and cherries that mingle with nuances of warm spices, licorice and forest floor. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, ample and layered, with velvety tannins, good concentration and depth and a long, delineated 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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