2020 Jean-Marc Pillot Les Masures Chassagne-Montrachet 750 ml

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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”. After six years of working side-by-side, Jean-Marc assumed the direction of the domaine in 1991 with the assistance of his wife, Nadine, and his sister, Beatrice.

Pillot owns half a hectare of Chardonnay in this well-positioned lieu-dit, which sits just below premier cru Champs-Gains on the slope. One third of his vines here were planted in 1950, one-third in 1990, and one-third in 2010. This is a classically rendered Chassagne-Montrachet, one which deftly balances rich, mouth-filling fruit with a powerful mineral thrust, and it carries a bright acidity in the finish which gives it length and breed.

This is a classically rendered Chassagne-Montrachet, with notes of white pepper, grapefruit zest, and greengage plum, and a focused, linear palate of solid length. There’s a deft balancing of richness and drive here that characterizes Jean-Marc’s style in general.

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