2008 Paul Pillot (Thierry Pillot) Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres #162249000
Reviews 93 points Burghound "A softly perfumed, seductive, cool, elegant and refined nose speaks of acacia blossom, pain grille, citrus and fennel that serves as an impressive introduction to the citrusy and intensely mineral-inflected medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent detail and drive on the complex, stylish and classy finish with cuts-like-a-knife delineation. In a word, terrific. (AM)"
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About Paul Pillot
As the fourth generation of Pillots to farm the vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet, Thierry and Chrystelle have focused on vineyard management, employing organic practices and careful training of their vines. The domaine consists of 12 hectares of vineyards, worked by a dedicated team of 13 individuals.
In the cellar, Thierry employs a non-interventionist approach, allowing native yeasts to perform the barrel fermentation. The wines mature for 18 months – 12 months in oak and a further six months in stainless steel. This process results in wines with stunning depth of fruit, vibrant acidity, and well-integrated oak, showcasing their purity and intensity.
Domaine Paul Pillot has elite vineyard holdings in Chassagne’s most renowned sites, including La Romanée, Les Grandes Ruchottes, Les Caillerets, and La Grande Montagne. Their stunning Clos St-Jean, both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, hails from the heart of the original Clos traditionally called Chassagne du Clos Saint-Jean.
Preserving freshness and tension is paramount at the domaine, with large-format casks of 350 and 500-litres used for fermentation and aging. The lees are never stirred, and wines are bottled unfiltered. Thierry’s red wines have also gained recognition in recent years, thanks in part to his friendship and gentle rivalry with brother-in-law Arnaud Mortet. Fermented with 20-60% whole bunches and minimal new oak, these reds now rival the domaine's whites in quality and acclaim.
Humble and discreet, Thierry Pillot and his family continue to produce benchmark white Burgundies, reflecting their unwavering commitment to quality, innovation, and tradition.