Producer: Domaine Paul Pillot
Thierry Pillot, a friendly, open young man, and his sister Christelle are increasingly taking the reins, at this super Chassagne-Montrachet estate, him on the production and her in the office. Between them they have world view with experience of winemaking in Australia, South Africa and Oregon.
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Their father, Paul, is never far away to help make the major decisions. His grandfather, Jean-Baptiste Pillot, was born in Chassagne-Montrachet in 1858, and went on to become a cooper with a few vines to tend. From these small beginnings there are now three separate ‘Pillot’ domaines in Chassagne-Montrachet, which are all run by his descendants, among whom also ranks the wife of Henri Germain, a long-standing supplier of Meursault to Tanners. The 13 ha estate mostly comprises vines in Chassagne-Montrachet, but also has small holdings in Saint-Aubin and Santenay. As ever, winemaking here is sensitive; they use no added yeast and no new barrels for the lighter vintages. One year the new barrels arrived, they looked at them and simply sent them back! Those sorts of decisions take courage but are fundamental to making great wines.