Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Chenevottes" 2011, Jean-Marc Pillot
Jean-Marc Pillot has been running this domaine since 1991 and has instilled a real focus on quality in all stages of the wine-making process. This Chassagne blanc has a 10 hour débourbage (settling of the must before racking into barrels), the must ferments in barrels (30% new oak) for 12 months and is left to evolve in stainless steel tanks for 6 to 8 months before bottling. Tasted prior to a performance of Le Nozze di Figaro in the wonderful grounds of the Glyndebourne opera house this was a lively Chassagne from the fresh 2011 vintage. Initial nose of green apple, lime and dandelion. Evolved to hay and vanilla. A satisfyingly complex nose. Green gauge, green apple and lemon flavours. A bright mineral finish. Racy style. Promises another 2-3 years of interesting evolution. Scores 24/30 for a Chassagne 1er Cru.