The grapes come from just south of Chassagne. Hand picked the fruit is treated with care to make a great expression of Bourgogne. In the green and yellow fruits, clean, understated and elegant. The wine is beautiful to drink with great balance and lingering flavours. This is looking great for drinking now and over the next few years. Serve with a seafood risotto.
With Thierry Pillot in charge of the family estate the quality here is improving out of sight at this white dominant Domaine. Thierry works 13 hectare across Bourgogne, Saint-Aubin and Chassagne. There are 9 Premier Cru wines and Batard Montrachet Grand Cru to enjoy here. The style is modern, fresh, elegant and understate. Quality of the whites in particular is outstanding.
The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.
The entry level to Burgundy. The wines can be from vineyards outside of the better appellations or declassified from high ranks. That means you may be drinking a Grand Cru vineyard at Bourgogne pricing! Quality is variable but the great producers put as much care into their entry level as they do their great wines.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.