2019 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
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A terroir that ripens really early, so they tend to pick it first, a couple of days before the rest of the team assembles. It's still in barrel, and there's the first sign of a whiff of oak - a powerful punchy style, it's rich and long. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 L&S (Oct 2020)
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A deft application of wood sets off aromas of grilled hazelnut, acacia blossom and pear compote. The medium-bodied flavors are finer still with excellent richness and plenty of mouth coating sap that buffers the moderately firm acid spine shaping the delicious and long if mildly warm finale. This is an unusually powerful example of the appellation. Drinking range: 2026 - Rating: 90-93 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jun 2021)
The 2019 Meursault Caillerets 1er Cru was showing a nice reduction on the nose without occluding the fruit. The palate is well balanced with tropical notes on the entry, very saline in the mouth - something that you really feel on the aftertaste. I find this a fascinating, involving Meursault that I am intrigued to see age in bottle. Drinking range: 2022 - 2036 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jan 2021)
Opening in the glass with notes of citrus zest, white flowers, peach, pear and vanilla pod, the 2019 Meursault 1er Cru Caillerets is medium to full-bodied, lively and mineral, with a chalky, tightly wound palate that contrasts with its rather ripe, expressive nose. Rating: 91-93 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Jan 2021)
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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