Domaine Paul Pillot
Thierry oversees one of the most exciting domaines in the Côte de Beaune. If you like your Chardonnays full of verve, purity and minerality then this is the domaine for you. Blessed with some great plots Thierry likes to maximise the crystalline, salty character of his wines and these days buys very few new oak barrels. He picks early and adopts an élevage that allows the soil to speak. These are great wines year in year out and epitomise what the top white wine vignerons are doing in Burgundy currently. A string of recent small vintages has depleted our stocks but thankfully 2017 is looking a lot more bountiful.
Winemaker: Thierry Pillot
Hectares: 13 hectares
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru.`La Romanée` (0.41 hecares), `Grandes Ruchottes` (0.26 hectares), `Les Caillerets` (0.49 hectares), `La Grande Montagne` (0.26 hectares), `Les Champs Gains` (0.38 hectares), `Clos Saint-Jean` (1.20 hectares), Chassagne-Montrachet `Les Mazures` (0.63 hectares), Saint Aubin 1er cru `Les Charmois` (1.23 hectares), Chardonnay `Bourgogne Chardonnay` (0.61hectares), Bourgogne Aligoté (1.52hectares)
For some reason we only started buying this in 2014 but it’s a great introduction to the wines of Thierry. Pure, lively with a strong gel of fruit and acidity. Perfect, classy aperitif-style Burgundy in waiting. Drink from 2018.
When red Chassagne is good , it`s really good and this is really good. It`s mainly red fruits but with hints of black as well. Juicy, lush yet controlled and structured. And, of course, good value. Drink from 2015.
We offered this for the first time last year and it sold out instantly! So here it is again. The vines are just next to the Chardonnay ones and there is good flesh but good definition, too. For the quality of fruit this is a steal. Drink from 2017
This is quite delicious. It’s not a blockbuster and remains on the red fruit side rather than black, but the fruits are sweet and crunchy and there is good definition and precision and really nice tannins. Cracking value. Drink from 2020.
Just four barrels of this as opposed to the usual 12! Still what there is looking great. A lovely savoury attack is followed by greater richness and structure which suggest a long life ahead.
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