Jean-Marc Pillot, Chardonnay, Bourgogne "Le Haut Des Champs" Burgundy, France 2019
Aromas of crushed rock and citrus. Ripe stone fruit, yellow pear and Braeburn apple on the palate are complemented by bright acidity.
Jean-Marc Pillot is the fourth generation of his branch of the Pillot family to tend vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet. Along with its neighbors Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet is viewed today as one of white Burgundy’s “big three” — a world-famous village synonymous with layered, mineral-driven, age-worthy Chardonnay.
From two parcels, one just below Chassagne-Montrachet on the slope and one just below Puligny-Montrachet, the vibrant “Le Haut des Champs” is raised half in stainless steel and half in oak, offering an appealing combination of acid-driven snap and textural sumptuousness.
Traditional viticultural practices are used in the vineyards. No herbicides are used. Harvest is manual. Pillot's white wines are almost all fermented and aged in barrel with a regimen of 10% to 30% new oak. The wines are aged on the fine lees for twelve months and then are racked out of barrel into stainless steel tanks to clarify and settle naturally for an additional six months.