Gentle citrus fruit with a lime note balance and undercurrents of nuts. Creamy mouth feel countered with a clean, precise acidity.
Roasted nuts, chalk, apple – quite delicious. Still very compact. Has greater expressiveness to come. RH 17+/20 www.jancisrobinson.com
This is now one of the very best white wine Domaines in Burgundy. Jean-Marc is a craftsman producing wines of impeccable refinement and purity from his 10ha estate. Like many estates in Chassagne, Jean-Marc was hit by frost at the beginning of May, poor flowering in June and hail three times in June, August and September. By performing an early effeuillage in June he was able to maintain his fruit in perfect condition and the small crop was naturally concentrated and fully ripe. The result is a splendid range of rich, honeyed whites with a lovely balance of ripe fruit and crisp acidity. The difficulty is the quantity. Jean-Marc made less than half his usual quantity of Chassagne- Montrachet. All the 2012s will be aged for 18 months (12 months in barrel followed by 6 months in tank) by Jean-Marc Pillot before being bottled in spring 2014.