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Since the 19th Century, generations of the Pillot family have cultivated the hills of Chassagne-Montrachet. While father Fernand is approaching retirement, his son Laurent cultivates and harvests nearly 14.6 hectares of land spread over 22 different appellations of red & white wines.
The father-and-son team focus tirelessly on maintaining quality with their practices: low yields, minimal use of fertilizer and strict hygiene. All of their wines are vinified and matured in a modern winery but Laurent pays special attention to keep with traditional Burgundian practices: barrel fermentation for the whites, minimal stirring of the lees, and aging the wines in French oak barrels from a variety of forests and coopers.
Appellation: Pommard 1er Cru
100% Pinot Noir
Two parcels of vines in the low Rugiens and One parcel in the high Rugiens are combined to produce this outstanding Pommard 1er Cru. The most remarkable appellation in the Cote de Beaune for Pinot Noir. The Pommard Rugiens has applied for Grand Cru status.
The grapes are hand-picked, transported to our winery, destemmed and put into tank. After a few days of cold maceration, the alcoholic fermentation is traditionally started with regular cap punching, thus enabling very controlled temperature regulations of the fermenting grapes. Then aged in French oak barrels (80-100% new). Bottled at the winery after aging for 18-19 months.
Full-coloured ruby, dark purple.
The Pommard 1er Cru ‘Rugiens’ is a wine with an energetic character.
Virile, with concentrated cherry and raspberry flavours. Then, changing with time to pepper, liquorice and eucalyptus with lovely soft tannins.