2017 Tavannes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
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Plenty of dark fruit on the nose. Sweet dark fruit on the palate. Welcoming prickle of tannin. A good slick, plump feel. The acidity dances alongside the glossy fruit. No big oak. This is one of the best Tavannes I have tried from Laurent. L&S (Oct 2018)
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Enough wood to mention frames the ripe and equally high-toned aromas of essence of red currant, cherry and intriguing spice wisps. The finer yet still lighter weight flavors possess a sleek mouth feel thanks to the relatively fine-grained tannins that again contrasts somewhat with the toasty and slightly drying finish. I suspect that the dryness is due to the recent bottling and my rating offers the benefit of the doubt. Drinking range: 2023 - Rating: 88 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2019)
The 2017 Pommard Tavannes displays attractive aromas of sweet red berries, candied peel and loamy soil. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, supple and layered, with good depth and length. It's a successful example of the appellation that will likely represent a keen value. Drinking range: 2018 - 2023 Rating: 88 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Feb 2019)
Pale crimson. Light and fresh. Not at all like most Pommard – much lighter and more flirtatious. Polished and lively and delivers some pleasure. Drinking range: 2020 - 2026 Rating: 16 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 his own plane which he flies to all corners of France, used keep 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), During harvest Adrien is now the one in the winery while Laurent takes charge of the picking team. 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 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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