Paul Pillot Les Grandes Ruchottes Chassagne Montrachet 1er 2009
This 2.13ha vineyard has a fabulous terroir: situated between La Romanee and Caillerets on roughly the same line as Le Montrachet. It has an altitude of around 260m, a southeast aspect and marly, limestone soils. The Pillot family own 0.26 hectares here. Fermentation and maturation was for 12 months with 35% new oak. This is typically one of our favourite Pillot wines and the 2009 version did not let us down. It has almost Chablis-esque aromas mixed up with stone fruit, lime leaf and white rose nuances. In the mouth it’s plump yet with vibrant minerality and a long floral finish. Exciting and complex white Burg.
In contrast to the heightened expressiveness of many of the foregoing wines, this is quite reserved if not mute with its dried rose petal, pear and white peach suffused nose. As with the La Romanée, there is excellent richness thanks to the superb level of dry extract that buffers the firm acid spine on the equally suave and round medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a complex, balanced and long finish. This is also most enticing and should amply reward 5 years or so of bottle age. 90-93 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, Issue 43, 2011
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