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Domaine Pillot, France

Laurent Pillot, who took over the running of Domaine Pillot in his mid-twenties, transformed his family estate from grape growers to one of the more distinguished estates in the Côte de Beaune.

With a superb collection of vineyards and a modern winemaking facility on the edge of the village, both their red and white wines are of an excellent quality. From the exotic fruit driven Meursault through to the round, sultry Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot Rouge the underlying minerality shines through.

Viticulture

The soil is very stony, mixed with shallow red earth. Sometimes the limestone base rock breaks into the soil profile. This results in a very hot micro climate in summer near the grape bunches, due to the reflected sunlight from the white stones. The soil also contains iron ore. They became High Environmental Value (HVE) level 3 certified at the beginning of 2021, recognition for all of the work they have done over the years working "agrobiologie" and cultivating the soils without using chemical weed killers.

Winemaking

The grapes are hand-picked. Pressed, the juice is then fermented in tank or oak barrel depending on the climat. The reds undergo punching down of the cap. The wine is then kept in tank or barrel on its lees to age and develop it's personality.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • No herbicides used and only organic fertiliser. Members of the French program Dephy ECOphyto since 2011 to reduce/ stop chemical usage in the vineyard.
  • High Environmental Value (HVE) level 3 certified.
  • Transformed thefamily estate from grape growers to one of the more distinguished estates in the Côte de Beaune.