A Comfortable Pillot

A Comfortable Pillot

Posted on Dec, 02. 2010 by

Categories: Wine

Domaine Pillot is now in the hands of son Jean-Marc Pillot and is putting out some sublime Burgundy, “The subtle, but important, modifications in vinification and elevage now in place under Jean-Marc’s direction have driven this domaine to the very top of its class with wines that are intensely fruity, graceful, and precise.”

-CellarTracker Wikiarticle.

So this is the basic Bourgogne Rouge and it is one hell of a beautiful Pinot Noir. The color is bright and I was expecting something too fruity which usually winds up tasting flat and one dimensional in the basic bottlings of the increasingly market savvy Burgundians. There was nothing one dimensional about this wine. It is long in flavor with great structure and tremendous complexity for this level. The difference, I found after reading a blurb about Jean-Marcs wine making, is that this wine is treated like a village level wine. The care and precision that goes into this basic Bourgogne is the same that goes only into many producers top bottlings. This says much about the winemakers aspirations for his wine and the quality of the juice behind it -you don’t waste time and money trying to polish a turd.

METHOD OF VINIFICATION : Jean-Marc is an adroit winemaker with a recognized gift for using new oak “juste comme il faut”, that is to say, “just enough”. The pinot noir is completely destemmed before being sent into open top tanks where they undergo a “maceration à froid” (cold maceration) of 5 days at less than 10 C. Jean-Marc uses both a gentle “remontage” and a “pigeage” three times a day for his reds. He is an advocate of “finale à chaud” and warms the must at the end of fermentation. According to Jean-Marc, this fixes the color in the wine.

This is a drink now sort of Burgundy, though certainly it could age well a few years. The style is all Beaune, soft, pretty, perfumed, elegant. The weight is medium with spicy fruit and an almost sweet smokey savor to the finish. I truly enjoyed this wine as an evening sipper, a study wine, but it would pair beautifully with a delicately flavored piece of beef like tenderloin roasted and finished with fresh butter.

A strongly recommended wine.

2007 Domaine Pillot Bourgogne Rouge ‘Les Grands Terres’
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $18.70 • Premier Cru: $19.55 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $25.50
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