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Paul Pillot Chassagne Montrachet 1er cru Les Caillerets 2013

Allen Meadow 93


A moderately reduced nose flattens the underlying fruit but there is no shortage of freshness or vibrancy to the rich, intense and notably powerful middle weight plus flavors that possess plenty of minerality on the tight, focused and linear finish. This is quite expansive on the mid-palate with fine concentration yet the saline-inflected finish is firmly wound and will need a few years to unwind. In a word, impressive.


Thierry Pillot noted that 2013 is a "very challenging vintage from a growing season perspective though for us in Chassagne, arguably less difficult than 2012. Still, May and June were very tough as there was a lot of mildew pressure as well as a poor if not truly disastrous flowering. We began picking on the 25th of September and I'm glad that we did as we were able to avoid any of the difficulties that the late pickers encountered with the October 5th and 6th storms. Our fruit was pretty clean and about the only change that I made relative to 2012 was to reduce the amount of new oak yet again, and it's now no more than 10 to 15% maximum. The malos took their sweet time though that doesn't bother me as I usually find that vintages where the malos are slow to finish are often the best."

Paul Pillot Chassagne Montrachet 1er cru Les Caillerets 2013

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