Thierry Pillot’s red wines have really come of age in recent years, to the point where they now hold their own compared with the Estate whites. Pillot’s friendship and gentle rivalry with brother-in-law Arnaud Mortet may have played a part in this improvement! Regardless, this is by some distance the finest Bourgogne Rouge we have shipped from this producer. The fruit comes from two Estate-owned sites in the southern reaches of Chassagne, near Chagny and Remigny. The soils are the classic clay and limestone of the Côte and the vine age is 35 years on average. The grapes were hand-picked and mostly de-stemmed before being naturally fermented and aged for 12 months on lees in a mix of steel vats and used large barrels.
For structure and perfume, Pillot employed a greater than normal 40% whole bunches this year—quite a surprising quantity for this level (until you taste the wine). Super depth and sexy flesh shot through with mulberry and blackberry fruit, as well as some rose and grenadine. It’s fleshy yet has a vibrant, fresh and salivating close. Outstanding for the level. Like the Bourgogne blanc, this will give enormous pleasure now and over the next few years.
'Ultra-inky purple colour with an explosion of deep ripe fruit. Huge weight in the middle, a little gentle tannin behind, just racked, returns with this rich dark cherry blackberry and loganberry note. But all very harmonious. Brilliant, luscious Bourgogne Rouge. 4 stars.' - 88 points. Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy
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