This week at the shop we will be showcasing Paul Pillot. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to discover two amazing Premier Cru vineyards from St Aubin side by side. We hope to see you Saturday.
Paul Pillot-3rd generation winegrower, Paul’s family has been growing grapes, and making wine since around 1900. Paul was born in 1947, and from a young age had a strong love and passion for land and wine. In 1968 Paul developed marketing in bottles and extended the Domaine by buying some prestigious parcels of Premier Cru vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet. The Domaine today has about 13 hectares and makes about 65,000 bottles.
Saint-Aubin-Around three-quarters of the wines made in Saint-Aubin are Premier Cru, produced from nearly 320 acres of officially classified sites on limestone-rich hillsides. The land that is suitable for producing wine of such high quality sits on the slopes that surround the village of Gamay (named after the grape variety). This south-west to south-east facing slopes affords the vines prolonged daily exposure to all available sunshine.
The vineyards just east of Gamay village are particularly suited to Chardonnay, as they occupy the western side of the Mont-Rachet-the hill that gives its name to Burgundy’s famous Montrachet Grand Cru white wines. The only significant difference between the two sides of the hill is their aspect. The eastern half of the Mont-Rachet faces south and southeast, capitalizing on the ripening rays of the sun in the morning and early afternoon. The western half misses out on this early sunshine, but it stays sunlit until the end of the day-an advantage in cool years in particular. However, a major drawback is that the west-facing vines are unprotected from the someiimes-oppressive heat of the afternoon sun.
Both Le Charmois, and Pitangerets sit on clay-chalky soils with south-east hillsides. They are both Premier Cru appellations inside Les Combes. Sitting on the famous Mont-Rachet hillside, which benefits from a slightly warmer south-westerly aspect of the western slopes of Mont-Rachet. These vines are located just right outside of Chassagne-Montrachet.
These vineyards are located very close to each other, and have similar soils. However, the subtle difference in the nose and on the palate are mind blowing. Come by this Saturday and discuss with us your thoughts.