Jean-Marc Pillot, not to be confused with the many other wine-growing Pillots in Chassagne-Montrachet, is quietly making some of the best wines in Burgundy. He's the 4th generation of his family to grow and make wine here, taking over in 1991 after his enology studies and a few years working alongside father Jean. Since then he's built a new cave, added more land under vine and in general has just made better and better wine each vintage to the point where his wines are now a reference point for the village. These are traditional wines made in a pure, clean style with very little new wood - no wood new or otherwise in this Bourgogne Blanc, only stainless steel - and very terroir specific.
This wine is made from a single parcel of vines in the southeastern bit of Chassagne-Montrachet and really shows off the broad shouldered, saline mineral quality of the commune. The superb quality of the 2019 white Burgundy vintage is in evidence here; all the concentration expected from a solar vintage while retaining an incisive texture with punchy acidity. Beeswax, pit fruit and lemon curd on the nose. Clean, pure mineral and subtle white fruit flavors, bright and dense, with excellent length and a long, intense finish. A lot more Chassagne typicity than you might expect at this price. My kind of Bourgogne Blanc and one I'd buy a lot more of if I could. Very little available.
It might seem a bit surprising that this tiny domaine is so under the radar...
It might seem a bit surprising that this tiny domaine is so under the...