Here is a follow-up to the Vergers we offered a few weeks back with another fantastic vineyard in Chassagne. As we previously mentioned, Fernand & Laurent Pillot is one of the underrated addresses of the Cote de Beaune and had a very successful vintage in 2019. Over the past few years, this estate has seen an upheaval in quality partly due to Laurent's son Adrien who has decisively taken a more significant role at the Domaine. In his review of Pillot, William Kelley wrote that Adrien has fine-tuned the estate using less new oak, longer elevage, sustainable farming, and Diam corks for the white wines, which many of our clients have requested for protection against oxidation. This is a natural progression for this Domaine and is certainly welcome, especially when the results have been excellent. The 2019s here are exceptional, more profound, and more concentrated than the '18s while still be balanced and having a clear sense of place. F&L Pillots Morgeot vines lie within the lieu-dit Fairendes, which is located at the upper part of the vineyard close to Caillerets and Champgains and is considered one of the best portions of the vineyard. Fermentation takes place in oak, 40% of which is new with aging for 11 to 12 months: a beautifully aromatic wine and a maximum effort for this address. The 2019s here are something to load up on because the 2020 vintage will see a significant price increase because of a short crop from heavy frost damage. As usual, we have US low pricing here, but quantity is limited, so order quickly!
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 92+ points! "This year, the 2019 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot incorporates the domaine's fruit from lieu-dit Fairendes, and the resulting cuvée is very nice, wafting from the glass with notes of pear, beeswax, white flowers and wheat toast. Medium to full-bodied, bright and satiny, it's tightly wound and concentrated, with racy acids and a long, tangy finish."