Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot

JASPER MORRIS MW

Inside Burgundy


2019, Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Les Fairendes 1er Cru, Jean-Marc Pillot

Mid yellow, some plums on the nose and a little touch of banana. Very good balance here between the classic weight of Morgeot and a better freshness, which continues nicely through to the finish. Tasted: October 2020 91-94


2019, Chassagne-Montrachet Les Macherelles 1er Cru, Jean-Marc Pillot

A lighter colour than many in this cellar. A little touch of banana again, with fortunately some crispness of fruit to compensate the natural weight of the wine, more subtlety than I was expecting and better length. Tasted: October 2020 91-94


2019, Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers 1er Cru, Jean-Marc Pillot

There was some frost damage in les Vergers, and in any case these are low-yielding 70 year old vines. Pale lemon colour. Weightier nose, hint of vegetal, but this is part of the intensity of the wine. Much more full bodied than Les Chenevottes albeit with a little less elegance. Good acidity behind. Tasted: October 2020 91-93


2019, Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers Clos St Marc 1er Cru, Jean-Marc Pillot

92-95

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 Tasted: October 2020 92-95


2019, Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets 1er Cru, Jean-Marc Pillot

Pale lemon yellow, the bouquet is laid back while suggesting power, then some more fruit arrives. Predominantly displaying a rich white fruit on the palate, the texture is fleshy, with just a little bit of heat, undoubtedly powerful. A touch of barrel toast. Potentially great wine for those who like a richer style. Tasted: October 2020 91-95


ROUGE

2019, Chassagne-Montrachet, Jean-Marc Pillot

From a range of lieux-dits such as Les Pierres, Plante St-Aubin, Les Voillenots and Les Benoîtes, displaying a pure purple colour. The fruit is lavish, though not quite as thickly applied as the Santenay, perhaps a crisper raspberry, still very intense across the palate, a fraction of sucrosity, overall a lovely wine. Tasted: October 2020 89-91


2019, Chassagne-Montrachet Les Macherelles 1er Cru, Jean-Marc Pillot 90-93

Pretty pink purple, very stylish nose, elegant, ripe enough, but not too powerful. Pure pinot on the palate, more in length than power, very promising. Attractively nuanced and very long. Tasted: October 2020 90-93


2019, Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Les Fairendes 1er Cru, Jean-Marc Pillot

No deeper in colour, indeed with a lighter rim, but a very satisfying full fruited wine in, which the grip of Morgeot tannin is a positive plus in 2019. Some strawberry in the flavour profile, the style of this wine emphasises Fairendes, which lies above the Route des Grands Crus, rather than Morgeot in general. Tasted: October 2020 90-93



2019, Chassagne-Montrachet Clos St-Jean 1er Cru, Jean-Marc Pillot

These vines were planted well before Jean Pillot, who still visits the winery regularly, was born in 1931, so they have probably passed their centenary. The 2019 Clos St-Jean offers an ideal imperial purple, colour, a fine yet discreet nose because the balance is perfect, and the best acidity of the Pillot reds. This is a really first rate example: long, poised and delicious with considerable ageing potential. Tasted: October 2020  92-95