- Domaine Paul Pillot
- 2017 - 2023
- Case size
Goedhuis, November 2015
This is one of my favourite vineyards in the Pillot stable. Lovely soft clementine orange aromas, this has a deliciously succulent texture with smoky hazelnut undertones. A fantastically complete wine, these delicious flavours stay in the mouth for a very long time indeed.
Burghound, June 2016,
There is a mildly exotic character to the white peach, dried apricot and softly wooded nose that displays plenty of spice elements. Once again there is excellent size, weight and punch to the beautifully precise medium weight flavors that are superbly intense, balanced and persistent. This is also first-rate though it is presently very linear and thus should benefit substantially from a few years of cellaring to further flesh out. Drink 2021+
Sarah Marsh, December 2015,
Lucid singing aroma after the reserve of Caillerets. Very pure, vivid, it has such fine lines; pianowire precision. The core is cloaked in lime-like ripeness…the finish is stretched, vivid and racy with the minerality driving the wine on the finish….impressive long finish. Drink from 2018.
Domaine Paul Pillot
Third generation wine growers, Paul began managing the family domaine in 1968, taking over from his father, Henri. It was his father that decided to begin bottling their own wines after the First World War. Paul further developed the domaine by increasing the family's vineyard holdings with various Chassagne Montrachet Premier Crus - many located on the well-draining top slope positions.The domaine now boasts a respectable 13 hectares from which they produce 15 wines. Today, Paul's oldest son Thierry has taken over the majority of winemaking responsibilities and hasdone so over the past few vintages. According to Paul, Thierry has a sort of ‘sixth sense' way ofdoing things which has only enhanced the wines' innate qualities. All we know is that they aredelicious and truly display a magical attribute that can only come from a master.
The white wines of Chassagne Montrachet can be difficult to distinguish from Puligny. At their most typical they are slightly fleshier and more hedonistic, but are often just as mineral and refined making the two almost inseparable. When distinguishable, they offer notes of honeysuckle, lime blossom and honey. Many have become quite approachable when young. It is larger than Puligny with vineyards totalling over 330 hectares. Though it shares both the grand cru vineyards of Le Montrachet and Bâtard Montrachet, it has sole ownership of the miniscule Criots Bâtard Montrachet. Similar to Puligny, Chassagne also grows Pinot Noir, which can be austere when young. A small amount of red Chassagne is also made.