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Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot "SNACK PACK" SIX BOTTLE BOX

$385.00 $460.00 saving $75.00
Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot "SNACK PACK" SIX BOTTLE BOX

Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot "SNACK PACK" SIX BOTTLE BOX

$385.00 $460.00 saving $75.00
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With his impressive array of holdings throughout Chassagne-Montrachet, complemented by parcels in Puligny-Montrachet, Santenay, Montagny, and Rully, Jean-Marc Pillot is among our most important suppliers of Burgundy. Since our first vintage together over twenty years ago, we have watched Jean-Marc—a fourth-generation vigneron—find his way and master his craft, and today his generous, electrifying renderings of the great terroirs of Chassagne-Montrachet sell out before they even reach us. In person, Jean-Marc is lively and warm; one can sense his tireless work ethic even in the nimble and speedy way in which he navigates his cellar during our visits. And, as is so often the case, his wines mirror his personality: exuberant, expressive, and bristling with energy. Jean-Marc works his domaine’s exceedingly old vines—averaging over 50 years but reaching as high as 110 without the use of chemicals, and his fermentations always begin naturally. His use of oak is thoughtful and measured—never formulaic and always tailored to each wine in each vintage—and he has an uncanny knack for employing new wood as a skilled chef employs salt: barely enough to notice, and just enough to enhance balance.
 
After a devastating 70% reduction in crop size in the frost-affected 2016 vintage, Pillot welcomed 2017’s relative bounty with open arms. The 2017 whites offer the weight and density of a warm vintage like 2015, but with much starker, more electric acidity; they come off nimbler and more energetic overall despite the season’s heat. Jean-Marc began harvest on September 3 rd , nearly a week ahead of what he had initially forecasted, in order to preserve acidity—a decision that played out very well in the finished wines. Proving that the character of a Burgundy vintage can never be reduced to pure metrics, the 2017s display a notable vivacity.
 
Though perhaps known better for his white wines, Pillot also possesses a remarkably deft touch with Pinot Noir. His 2018 Bourgogne Rouge “Les Grandes Terres” is a stunning value and perennial favorite.
 
THE "SNACK PACK" SIX BOTTLE BOX:
2017 Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc “Les Masures”
Pillot owns half a hectare of Chardonnay in this well-positioned lieu-dit, which sits just below premier cru Champs-Gains on the slope. One third of his vines here were planted in 1950, one-third in 1990, and one-third in 2010. This 2017 is a classically rendered Chassagne-Montrachet, one which deftly balances rich, mouth-filling fruit with a powerful mineral thrust. Note: as of the 2016 vintage, this replaces the Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc “Les Chaumes."
1 BOTTLE.
 
2017 Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 1er Cru “Les Chenevottes”
Jean-Marc owns a small 0.29-hectare parcel of 70-year-old vines in this premier cru, which lies at the northernmost extreme of the appellation, near the sweet spot of Saint-Aubin and within striking distance of Le Montrachet itself. The 2017 “Les Chenevottes” offers a more explosively chalky character than the “Les Macherelles” above, with both greater amplitude and sharper acidity—making for a wine of remarkable tension.
1 BOTTLE.
 
2017 Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 1er Cru “Morgeot – Les Fairendes”
A “vineyard within a vineyard,” Les Fairendes is the prime filet of the southern-Chassagne premier cru of Morgeot; poorer topsoil here facilitates a more profound mineral expression than is found in its surrounding area. Pillot owns a quarter-hectare of 50-year-old-vines here, and he has purposefully begun harvesting it slightly earlier the past few vintages to counterbalance the intense richness this site tends to engender. This 2017 delivers the appealing combination of textural generosity and firm acidity that characterizes the overall vintage here.
1 BOTTLE.
 
2017 Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 1er Cru “Les Vergers”
Jean-Marc farms half a hectare of vines planted in the late 1940s in this premier cru, which sits immediately above Les Chenevottes and Les Macherelles on the slope, flanking them both. Always a standout in the lineup, the 2017 offers a nose of lemon-lime and quinine, and its minerality—while nonetheless formidable—melds into the fruit more than in “Les Chenevottes” above, contributing to an overall impression of seamless power.
1 BOTTLE.
 
2018 Bourgogne Rouge “Les Grandes Terres”
Jean-Marc owns a parcel Pinot Noir in the village of Remigny, just south of Chassagne-Montrachet, and produces an exemplary Bourgogne Rouge from his 65-year-old vines there. Given a proper 12-month élévage in used barrels, the 2018 is succulent and exuberant, with energetic tannins and an overall impression of vibrant silkiness.
2 BOTTLES.