Weekly Wine Feature 9/19

Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot Montagny 1er Cru “Les Gouresses” 2014

Jean-Marc Pillot is the fourth generation of his branch of the Pillot family to tend vineyards in Chassagne Montrachet. He joined his father, Jean, in 1985 to learn the craft of “vigneron”. The vines in most parcels are between 25 and 50 years old; some vines are considerably older, reaching the 100 year mark in Clos Saint Jean and Clos Saint Marc (within the cru of Vergers). Traditional viticultural practices are used in the vineyards: the vineyards are plowed, no herbicides are used and planting is at high density (10,000 vines per hectare on the village level; 12,000 vines per hectare on the 1er Cru level). The Montagny 1er Cru Les Gouresses is the furtherest from the domaine, in the Cote Chalonnaise, but Jean-Marc applies the same attention and Chassagne tradition to this wine. The grapes are harvested from a parcel of very old vines (in excess of sixty years) and the resulting concentration and finesse that Montagny rarely achieves. Pillot’s Montagny is an intense wine that still manages to reflect the cut and stoniness typical of this appellation. It is a pale, bright yellow with minerals, menthol and a whiff of almond on the nose. The palate is densely packed and crunchy, framed by rocky calcaire. The finish is thick and stony, with a hint of pear. Only two barrels (fifty cases) find their way to the States each year. This would be ideal with any of our NC fish dishes or even the Chatham rabbit.

Regular price: $66

Discounted price: $53