Santenay, Rouge, Vieilles Vignes, 2017

  Paul Pillot

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: Santenay

A village at the southern end of the Côte de Beaune, south of Chassagne-Montrachet, producing red wines and less frequently whites. The heavy marl rich and clay soils are suited to producing red wines, which are usually powerful though can tend towards the reustic. The best examples have body, weight and plenty of fruit to cover the sometimes rustic tannins. The best wines are capable of ageing well. The finest vineyards are considered to be the premiers crus La Comme, Clos de Tavannes, and Les Gravières, La Maladière, Clos Rousseau on the far border of Santenay. Vincent Girardin is probably the most famous and prolific Santenay producer.

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.