2019 Tavannes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
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Aromatically a little more reserved that sometimes? but a broad richness spreading a rich density of fruit with fine tannins just asserting themselves a little on the finish. The ripeness of the tannins gives a very fine texture. Drinking range: 2022 - 2028 L&S (Oct 2020)
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Relatively prominent wood fights a bit with menthol-suffused aromas of various red berries are trimmed in pretty spice nuances. The sleeker and finer but not more concentrated flavors exude evident minerality on the mildly rustic finale that is shaped by dense but fine tannins. Again, this is really quite good though it will need a few years to better integrate the wood treatment. Drinking range: 2027 - Rating: 89 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2021)
The 2019 Pommard Tavannes is quite detailed on the nose, crushed rock and a little tobacco infusing the mainly black fruit. It might need a little more intensity once in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, just a patina of oak still waiting to be assimilated, though there is impressive depth on the finish considering that this is a Village Cru. Fine. Drinking range: 2023 - 2031 Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jan 2021)
The 2019 Pommard Tavannes is also performing nicely, revealing notes of plums, cherries, raw cocoa and spices. Medium to full-bodied, bright and velvety, it's lively and fine-boned, with fine depth at the core and tangy balancing acids. Drinking range: 2022 - 2045 Rating: 90 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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