With vineyard holdings in Chassagne as well as throughout the southern tier of the Côte de Beaune, Domaine Jean Marc-Pillot has been a consistently excellent source (especially since the late 1990s) for concentrated, full-flavored wines notable for their abundant fruit and complex soil tones. Jean-Marc Pillot Jr. assumed control of the operation from his father in 1991 and has overseen the growth of the estate which these days possesses roughly fifteen hectares and produces approximately 60,000 bottles annually.
Domaine Jean Marc-Pillot produces predominantly Chardonnay
but its Pinot Noirs
are well regarded and worth seeking out. The domaine has vineyards in Chassagne, Puligny, Remigny, Meursault, and Santenay, which are hand tended using traditional methods. The five Premier Cru blancs get most of the attention, but the Premier Cru rouges from Clos St. Jean, Macherelles, and Morgeot have a solid reputation. Also look for limited bottlings from various obscure vineyards and appellations in the southern Cote de Beaune
About the Cote de Beaune
The Cote de Beaune, which comprises the southern half of the Cote d'Or-- the limestone escarpment from which Burgundy's finest wines originate-- is the source of the most famous names in white Burgundy. It also produces outstanding red Burgundies (such as in Santenay and Volnay), even if Pinot Noir here rarely possess quite the stuffing, complexity, and longevity of...
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