Chassagne Montrachet, Rouge, Clos St Jean, 1er Cru, 2015

  Paul Pillot

Floral, airy and open. Such an alluring alpine purity to this, great charm, but focus and precision too. Notes of black and red fruit, wild bramble, loganberry, fruit blossom and damson. A vosne-like silky texure finishing with great lift and persistance. The only wine in Thierry Pillot’s range to be fermented with whole berries (representing 30% of the blend), the berries are cut off the bunches with just the little stalks kept in tact, a pain-staking process that gives the wine its great charm and velvety mouthfeel. A vineyard with a great reputation for making red wine, this stunning
Clos has poorer soils than many of the others, more clay dominated vineyards in Chassagne such as Morgeot, result is wines of greater finesse.

Contains Sulphites.

About Paul Pillot

The young Thierry Pillot is turning this domaine into one of the greats of Chassagne. His and his sister’s skill and enthusiasm coupled with truly fabulous vineyard holdings (which include Caillerets, La Romanee and Grande Ruchottes) make a formidable combination. Thierry favors his wines of tension and transparency, he achieves this through not picking too late and reducing the influence of oak in the ageing process. The wines are rarely matured in more than 20% new oak and he uses a mixture of barrique and larger demi-muis barrels.

Appellation: Chassagne-Montrachet

A village and appellation at the southern end of the Côte de Beaune covering over 300 hectares, that is now widely acclaimed for its white wines, though was once very much a red wine village. Plantings of Pinot Noir are still relatively high when compared to Puligny or Meursault, however it is the white wines that enjoy international acclaim. Within the commune sit part of Le Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru vineyards as well as Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru in its entirety. There are a total of 51 Premier Crus vineyards, though many of these are part other larger, better known vineyards and carry that name on the label, Morgeot being a good example of this. The wines are plump and racy, less elegant and refined than Puligny, full bodied but less fat and more vitality than a Meursault.

Grape Type: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the classic grape of red burgundy, whose greatest wines are concentrated in the east and south-east-facing clay/limestone hills of Burgundy's Côte d'Or. A notoriously temperamental variety, Pinot Noir has proved difficult to grow in certain climates and soils and will not tolerate over-cropping. The best examples have wonderfully expressive aromas and thrillingly pure bitter sweet red forest fruit and cherry flavours, developing truffle and game overtones with age. Outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has had great success in New Zealand, California’s Carneros, Oregon and the more marginal, cooler districts in Australia. Along with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir is also one of the major components of Champagne.