2018 1er Cru Boucherottes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

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

Bright and fresh to look at with a blue edge, and it hits the palate fresh with very fine tannins that just give a sense of volume more than any roughness. Sleek and elegant. L&S (Oct 2019)

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Noticeable wood surrounds the pretty essence of red currant, floral and softly spicy aromas. The mouthfeel of the middle weight flavors is finer and agreeably succulent while exhibiting very good persistence. This will need to add a bit more depth to achieve the upper end of my projected range but it’s already very pretty. Drinking range: 2025 - Rating: 90-92 Allen Meadows, (Apr 2020)

Open and charming, the 2018 Beaune 1er Cru Boucherottes bursts with scents of cherries, anise, sweet soil tones and toasty oak. Medium to full-bodied, lively and succulent, its refined structuring tannins are largely cloaked in a fleshy core of fruit. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 Rating: 90 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Feb 2020)

Half old vines and half 20 year old on 161-49 and here is problem with the root stock. The ph is always a problem here if you leave it too long. So often the first.” Soft, generous and plump. The tannins are soft. It is quite succulent. Just enough acidity. Drinking range: 2023 - 2028 Rating: 89 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 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. In 2021 they began the process of organic certification.

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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