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Goedhuis, December 2019
Thierry likes to bottle this parcel separately as it is the most central lieu dit in the village, just below premier cru Champs-Gains. In his view it offers the most perfect example of the appellation’s white wines. Initially a little reserved on the nose, the charming palate balances flavours of fresh grapefruit and clementine with a more structured, firmer broad nutty aftertaste. Excellent.
Neal Martin, January 2020,
The 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet Les Mazures 1er Cru is generous on the nose with a slightly petrolly, almost Riesling like personality. The palate is fairly straightforward with orange rind and ginger notes, yet it is just missing some tension and vivacity on the finish. Maybe here the growing season dictates the wine? 2021 - 2028
Burghound, June 2020,
There is better freshness and almost no sulfur on the petrol, citrus and resin-suffused nose. The mouthfeel of the medium-bodied flavors is both suave and succulent while possessing good depth on the nicely refined and persistent finale. Like the straight Chassagne villages, this isn't particularly dense, but I like the poise and overall balance. Drink 2023+
Jasper Morris MW, January 2020,
Clear pale colour with a fresh, cool, zesty nose that shows elegance while the palate delivers the flesh, even some sucrosity. Apparently half the vineyard was picked on 27th August at 12.3% and half on 3rd September at 13%. The balance of the blend between the two is really lovely.
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.