2018 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
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Like the Vide Bourse, this was still in cuve when we tasted. A lovely fine, almost floral nose and then bright mineral balance on the palate. Rich with a slightly 'greener' fruit expression than the Chassagnes, but less minerality - definitely Meursault not Chassagne. L&S (Oct 2019)
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The 2018 Meursault 1er Cru Caillerets offers up notes of citrus oil, pear, warm bread, toasted nuts and iodine, followed by a medium-bodied, bright and precise palate that's lively and mineral, with tangy acids and chalky back-end grip. This, too, has turned out nicely. Drinking range: 2022 - 2042 Rating: 92 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Jan 2021)
Pretty and nicely layered aromas feature notes of roasted hazelnut, acacia blossom, poached pear and appealing spice wisps. The middle weight flavors aren't quite as concentrated as those of say the Grandes Ruchottes or the Vide Bourse but compensates by having better precision and particularly so on the youthfully austere finish. While not as tightly wound as the Grandes Ruchottes, this still is going to require at least some patience. Drinking range: 2026 - Rating: 91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jun 2020)
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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