MORGEOT 1ER CRU CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET
Domaine Fernand et Laurent Pillot
Since the 19th Century, generations of the Pillot family have cultivated the hills of Chassagne-Montrachet on over 35 acres of land spread across 22 different appellations. The vineyards are mainly concentrated on Chassagne-Montrachet and Pommard terroirs, but also on the soils of Santeany, Saint-Aubin, Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay, and Beaune. The father-and-son team of Fernand and Laurent focuses 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 Burgundy practices: barrel fermentation for the whites, minimal stirring of the lees, and ageing the wines in French oak barrels from a variety of forests and coopers. The vineyards are worked “agrobiologie” with care taken to see that soils are cultivated without the use of chemical weed-killers. The family is also a member of the research group DEPHY-EcoPhyto since 2012, which aims to decrease the amount of pesticides used and to better agricultural techniques for an environmentally sound ecosystem.WINEMAKING & VINTAGE NOTES
The vines grow on dense clay and limestone soils with significant stony limestone deposits, that are located at 750 feet above sea level. Pillot’s Morgeot vines are in the lieu-dit of Fairendes, the uppermost slopes of Morgeot adjacent to 1ers Crus Caillerets and Champgains. Grapes are hand-harvested and carried to the winery where they undergo alcoholic fermentation in oak barrels (40% new) for a period of two months. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 11–12 months.TASTING NOTES
An aromatic wine which tastes of white fruits and oranges framed by well-integrated oak and a very generous and powerful mouthfeel. This wine is an excellent match with grilled white meat, fresh water fish and scallops.