2019 Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Volnay
ABV 14%

4 parcels, two of which (Ronceret and Brouillard) are premiers crus. So silky - juicy fruit, red and blue, a cool fresh expression. Drinking range: 2021 - 2026 L&S (Oct 2020)

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(one-third of this is from the 1er vineyards of Les Brouillards and Roncerets). Moderate wood influence can be found on the pretty and markedly spicy nose features notes of both red and dark cherry that are trimmed in hints of lavender. The delicious and vibrant middle weight flavors possess a beguiling underlying tension before culminating in a youthfully austere finish that exhibits a bracing touch of salinity. This is excellent for its level and worth checking out. Drinking range: 2027 - Rating: 90 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2021)

The 2019 Volnay Village offers ample red cherry and raspberry on the pure and inviting bouquet. The oak is nicely integrated here. The palate is sweet and candied on the entry, with touches of orange zest and marmalade. My only quibble is that it cuts away too swiftly on the finish and leaves you wanting more. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jan 2021)

The 2019 Volnay Village has turned out very nicely, mingling aromas of cherries and raspberries with hints of forest floor and toasty new oak. Medium-bodied, lively and charming, with lively acids and melting tannins, it's an elegant, sumptuous Volnay that as usual incorporates declassified premier cru fruit. Drinking range: 2022 - 2040 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. 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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