En Primeur | Domaine Pinson Frères

The Pinson family vie with the Droins as one of the oldest in the town, with documents showing their presence back in 1640, while 1880 shows the first records of Louis Pinson selling bottles of their wine under the family label. Today the estate is run by brothers Laurent and Christophe, and Laurent’s daughter Charlène. The family has amassed an important 12 hectares of vineyards including 2.5 hectares of Les Clos and 4.75 hectares of Mont de Milieu.

They have strong traditional values: hand harvesting, and whilst certain cuvées do go through a period of barrel aging, it is never in new oak and always in casks between 2-5 years old. The ever-smiling Laurent says with a wry grin that 2020 was an easy vintage in the vineyards, a year when everybody was locked down, available to work any time in the vines and they just weren’t needed! The vines were perfectly healthy, the fruit was picked early at the end of August in ideal conditions and, unlike 2021, in nice volumes. What could be better?

We’re limiting purchases to 1 or 2 cases per wine due to high demand. Please contact your account manager or wine@goedhuis.com to discuss larger quantities.

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Size Qty Price Price (Inc VAT) Stat
 
2020

Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu Pinson Frères

6x75cl 10+ £135.00 RELEASED

6x75cl - £178.07 Inc VAT RELEASED

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2021

    The domaine’s most important 1er Cru covering just under 5 hectares with the fruit coming from four different locations and vines aged between 18 and 45 years. Floral on the nose, reminiscent of vine flowers and lily. It starts with a steely intensity and then opens out on the palate with a touch of orange zest and lemon peel, always subtle and beautifully pure. Classical in every way.

  • BURG

    Burghound, October 2021,
    Score: 91-94

    A cool, pure and airy nose features notes of white flowers, pear, passion fruit, quinine and a very subtle application of wood. The juicy and fleshy medium-bodied flavors are more concentrated and bigger with good minerality and powerful on the complex, long and well-balanced finale. This consistently fine wine is potentially outstanding and just in need of a few years of cellaring. Sweet spot Outstanding. Drink 2026+

  • DC

    Decanter, December 2021,
    Score: 92

    Understated power is evident on the nose. Initially quite reticent, this unfurls with more aeration, developing toasty, spicy characters from maturation in older wood. Lemon and lime zest on the palate keeps everything fresh. A classy Mont de Milieu which will age well for at least three to four years.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, January 2022,
    Score: 17+

    A little more serious and certainly a more balanced wine than the Montmains, this is a reasonably structured Premier Cru with a hard edge to the finish, and it will require a year or two to relax. Decent and accurate, this is a good honest wine.

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2020

Chablis 1er Cru La Forêt Pinson Frères

6x75cl 10+ £135.00 RELEASED

6x75cl - £178.07 Inc VAT RELEASED

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2021

    Laurent’s cooler, east facing parcel of 65-year-old vines is ideally positioned to cope with the warmer summer conditions. This wine matures in 3–8-year-old barrels, combining a warm creaminess with vibrant limey citrus flavours. A stony limestone intensity, with excellent old vine concentration and length.

  • BURG

    Burghound, October 2021,
    Score: 90 - 92

    A classic nose reveals its aromas of iodine, oyster shell and citrus rind along with hints of pear and apple. There is again fine volume and richness to the succulent but intense flavors that flash good minerality on the bitter lemon rind-inflected finish. This nicely dry effort should drink well early. Drink 2025+

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, January 2022,
    Score: 17.5

    Nicely balanced, rather pure and sensual, this is a superb Forêt, and it is smooth and gentle on the mid-palate, and then it runs on smoothly on the finish. Not a bigger style, but a kindly, honed and pure wine.

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2020

Chablis 1er Cru Montmain Pinson Frères

6x75cl 10+ £135.00 RELEASED

6x75cl - £178.07 Inc VAT RELEASED

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2021

    The 64-year-old vines on the Pinson plot, which sits next door to their parcel of Forêts, flourish on this vineyard’s clay and chalk-based soils and produce a weightier 1er Cru than its neighbour. Initially the citrus fruits are a little reserved on the nose, but on the palate the wine has a bold structure. It has both weight and volume whilst always remaining alive and fresh. A hint of the seashore air about it, this is a classic Chablis, which would be ideal with shellfish.

  • BURG

    Burghound, October 2021,
    Score: 90 - 93

    The more floral-suffused nose of both white and yellow orchard fruit reflects notes of spice, quinine, tidal pool and a more subtle hint of citrus influence. There is good refinement to the vibrant and rich but appealingly delineated flavors that dans across the palate on the lingering and saline-inflected finale. This is really quite fine and should age accordingly. Outstanding. Drink 2025+

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2020

Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Pinson Frères

6x75cl 10+ £260.00 RELEASED

6x75cl - £328.07 Inc VAT RELEASED

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2021

    A high-class wine from arguably Chablis’ most prestigious Grand Cru. This is all about purity and composure. It is subtle and yet powerful in a discreet way. Aromas of citrus fruits and freshly washed-up seashells. The initial attack shows a bite of mineral freshness, with a saline edge and then the palate slowly opens out into flavours of nectarine and clementine. Always fine, this is not an indulgent wine, but it is so layered and texture.

  • BURG

    Burghound, October 2021,
    Score: 92 - 95

    A pungent nose of wood and firm reduction leads to detailed and powerful flavors that are borderline painfully intense before concluding in a mineral-driven, chiseled and compact finale. This is clearly built-to-age and like any respectable example of Les Clos, a wine that's going to need at least some patience. Don't miss! Drink 2028+

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  • EP: En Primeur. These wines are lying in the Domaines’ cellars until shipping. They can only be purchased In Bond. On arrival in the UK these wines can either be stored In Bond in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse or delivered directly to you. When you decide to take delivery, Duty and VAT at the prevailing rate become payable.