Domaine Fernand et Laurent Pillot
Since the 19th Century, generations of the Pillot family have cultivated the hills of Chassagne-Montrachet. Today, they run 14,8 ha for a total of 22 appellations spread across Chassagne-Montrachet and Pommard terroirs, but also on the soils of Santeany, Saint-Aubin, Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay, and Beaune.
The origins Pillot go back to the XVIIth Century in Chassagne, our ancestors used to work in the vineyard, to make wine and especially to produce barrels. In the XIXth century the Pillot family have abandoned the barrel making and have shifted to vines while enlarging the property on the hillside of Chassagne-Montrachet. Fernand and his son Laurent, the 4th generation, again spread the domain in 1992, then in 2001 with the resumption of vineyards Pothier-Rieusset in Pommard.
The vineyards are mainly concentrated on Chassagne-Montrachet and Pommard terroirs, but also on the soils of Santeany, Saint-Aubin, Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Beaune and Volnay.The terroir and brown calcareous soil gives the wines its nobility.
The father-and-son team of Fernand and Laurent focuses tirelessly
on maintaining quality with their practices: low yields, minimal use of
fertilizer and strict hygiene. All of their wines are vinified and matured
in a modern winery but Laurent pays special attention to keep with
traditional Burgundy practices: barrel fermentation for the whites,
minimal stirring of the lees, and ageing the wines in French oak barrels
from a variety of forests and coopers. The vineyards are worked
“agrobiologie” with care taken to see that soils are cultivated without
the use of chemical weed-killers. The family is also a member of the
research group DEPHY-EcoPhyto since 2012, which aims to decrease
the amount of pesticides used and to better agricultural techniques for
an environmentally sound ecosystem.