Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot


Inside Burgundy

2020, Chassagne-Montrachet

Mostly domaine with a little added external fruit. Pale lemon colour, some elegance to the nose, a little toasty touch from the barrel, attractively done, a light but useful acidity and good length. A fine and reliable example. 91

2020, Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Champs-Gains 1er Cru

A youthful pale primrose with a burst of energy on the nose, even some grapefruit, very juicy and with more personality here, fresh, vigorous and still full bodied. Good length. 94

2020, Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Les Fairendes 1er Cru The top is on white soil , the bottom is red and they continue with both colours, even while replanting seven rows now. This is very easy going, more in yellow fruit, some salinity behind, very attractive throughout and good persistence. 94

2020, Chassagne-Montrachet Les Macherelles 1er Cru

Pale lemon, the nose is a halfway house between the Maltroie and the extra fruit energy of Champgain. Good tension at the finish, more in white fruit, fresh peach without suggesting over-ripeness and very good length. Heavier clay compared to Chenevottes. 93

2020, Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers 1er Cru

Attractive pale lemon. A discreet but quite fine nose. Excellent density once the wine gets into the mouth, yellow plums plus salinity, a strapping Chassagne which has kept its balance nicely. The quality shows very well at the back. 95

2020, Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers Clos St Marc 1er Cru

The young vines are 40 years old, the rest are ancient. The Clos is full of stones from the mother rock, storing heat from the sun, though in other regards Antonin Pillot notes that this is actually a cooler part of the vineyard. Fuller yellow in colour, more sunshine in the glass, a light touch of banana, huge intensity behind with enough concentrated acidity to hold out. A very significant body of wine here. 96

2020, Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets 1er Cru

The grapes come from both top and bottom of the vineyard, perfumed and with weight, rather classy. Superb energy through the middle, mineral backbone, a touch of yellow fruit but the main core is white, ripe apples, very nicely textured, and persistent. Notably longer than anything else to date.  96


2020, Chassagne-Montrachet

Fine rich purple, without the blacker notes of the Santenay, and better balanced on the nose. Spread across the village, Pierres, Plante St-Aubin, Voillenots, Benoîtes, Perclos. Depth and weight, the fruit on the cusp between red and black, just short of cooked but I am glad they didn't wait any longer. 90

2020, Chassagne-Montrachet Les Macherelles 1er Cru

Deep purple with a lighter rim. Notably more elegant bouquet than the village. Pure ripe raspberry backed by some judicious oak, this will become more sumptuous but has a pleasing cool edge at the same time. Deep cool clay soils here. Attractively nuanced and very long. 93

2020, Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Les Fairendes 1er Cru  

Glowing mid purple. The bouquet shows restraint, definitely in balance, with a lovely mineral thread running through, stretches out the quality of the fruit across the palate, raspberry is the main fruit, excellent length and balance. Fine body. 93

2020, Chassagne-Montrachet Clos St-Jean 1er Cru, *****

Gorgeous mid purple with a very sensual nose garnished by some attractive oak. This really is a noble terroir for pinot, and the Jean-Marc Pillot 2020 is a beautiful example. Exquisitely balanced at 13.1%, lifted raspberry and alpine strawberry, a super thread of mineral acidity complex and long. 94