POMMARD

2020 1er Cru Rugiens Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

EN PRIMEUR

12% whole bunch. A step up in concentration here compared with the Clos du Verger & Charmots. It unfurls in the glass with aromas of blackberry wild strawberry, raspberry & plum. Deep & concentrated with lovely, ripe tannins. Very well balanced. Long, persistent finish. This should age very well over the next 10-15 years. Drinking range: 2026 - 2046L&S (Nov 2021)

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(from a .65 ha holding located apportioned one-third Bas and two-thirds Hauts). An exuberantly fresh and bright nose blends red and dark pinot fruit aromas with those of spice and lovely floral scents. The rich, intense and muscular flavors exude evident minerality on the dusty, youthfully austere and chalky finale. This is definitely built-to-age and unlike a number of the prior wines that could be approached young, this will need extended patience. Drinking range: 2032 - Rating: 91-94 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2022)

The 2020 Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens is terrific, unfurling in the glass with aromas of sweet berries and plums mingled with warm spices, orange rind, licorice and loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied, rich and velvety, it's seamless and complete, its multidimensional core of lively fruit concealing its chassis of ripe, powdery tannins. Drinking range: 2027 - 2055 Rating: 94+ William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Jan 2022)

Two thirds come from the upper part at the moment as some of the lower part has been pulled out for replanting. 12% whole bunch in this cuvée. A crisp deep purple, the nose majors in precision and the sunshine character has been kept in line, there is some good acidity and a little touch of tannin, but fine-grained. Persistent and attractive Tasted: October 2021 Rating: 91-94 Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy  (Dec 2021)

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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