2017 1er Cru Rugiens Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Pommard
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 13.5%
Vineyard Rugiens

Produced from old vines, some dating back to the 60s, the Rugiens tops the table in a line up of impressive Pillot Pommards. Striking nose of rich fruit. On the palate there is complexity already. Rich and round, then real density and the tannins firm up in the concentration. Terrific energy throughout. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035 L&S (Oct 2018)

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(from a .65 ha holding located in both Bas and Hauts that is apportioned roughly 50/50; vinified with 20% whole clusters). Once again subtle wood influence can be found on the similar nose of ultra-fresh and cool floral and dark berry aromas. There is evident minerality on the impressively intense medium weight flavors that terminate in a better balanced finish because while there is a hint of dryness, it is very slight. Drinking range: 2025 - Rating: 88-91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Apr 2019)

The 2017 Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens is the king of the cellar, unfurling in the glass with a lovely bouquet of cassis, smoky plums, spices, orange rind and rich soil tones. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, ample and layered, with a fleshy core of fruit that cloaks its rich structuring tannins, succulent acids and long finish. This hails from vines planted between 1964 and 1980 in both Rugiens Bas and Rugiens Haut. Rating: 93+ William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Feb 2019)

Really solid, correct, chewy wine with an obvious future ahead of it. Very true and convincing with impressive undertow. A hint of tamarind. Good stuff. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 16.5+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 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.

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