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Paul Pillot, Chassagne Montrachet, Premier Cru Les Grand Ruchottes 2013

The Pilot family have been making wine since the 1880's. Thierry Pillot and his sister, Chrystelle run the estate today. Domaine Paul Pillot consists of 13 hectares covering parts of Chassagne-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin, and Santenay.

They specialise in transparent wines which reflect the terroir of their prime portfolio of vineyards. Indeed one of Thierry's first actions upon taking over the reins was to reduce the amount of new oak used in the cellar. The overall approach is sensitive, and they are now practicing organic. Indigenous yeasts are used during fermentation in older 350L barrels for 12 months and then 6 months in tank.

Les Grand Ruchottes is considered one of the great crus of Chassagne. The vines are located in a tiny 0.2 ha parcel with southeast exposure. Soils consist of clay and limestone.

2013 was a difficult vintage in Burgundy, though a good September allowed for grapes to reach maturity and good concentration despite early setbacks. Domaine Paul Pillot produced excellent wines in this vintage.

Lemon, white orchard fruit, and a hint of smoke on the nose. Saline and mineral on a medium weighted palette, with orange blossom and lemon oil. Delicate and precise.

 



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