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The Pillots cultivate 0.49 hectares (on very rocky soils) in this famous site which lies at an altitude of between 250 and 280 meters above sea level immediately to the south of the village itself. Winemaking follows the same line as the other 1er crus with 25% new oak used. As you would expect of such a stony vineyard (“Caille” is an old French word for stone) this is one of the warmest sites in Chassagne. The stones trap heat from the sun that they release at night, moderating the cold and continuing the ripening process. You can, as always, expect plenty of depth and complexity, even though from barrel it can often be one of the most reticent wines. This 09 is a pillowy, supple textured Chassagne of the highest order and again, like so many top ‘09s, there is wonderful clarity and precision and a refreshing, saline close. Mr Meadows nails this note.
An elegant, pure and relatively high-toned nose of citrus and floral elements that display a top note of lightly spiced pear. There is excellent detail and intensity to the precise medium weight and driving flavors that possess a long, linear and palate staining finish. This is lovely and should age well too.” 90-93 points, Allen Meadows,, Issue 43, 2011


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