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					DOMAINE JEAN-MARC PILLOT


HISTORY OF DOMAINE: Jean-Marc Pillot has
recently assumed responsibility for the management
of this domaine although his father, Jean, remains
by his side rendering advice and valuable assistance
in the vineyards. Jean-Marc has instituted several
changes at the estate, the most prominent of which
is the construction of a new cave. The subtle, but
important, modifications in vinification and elevage
now in place under Jean-Marc's direction have driven
this domaine to the very top of its class with wines
that are intensely fruity, graceful, and precise.


METHOD OF VINIFICATION : Jean-Marc is an adroit
winemaker with a recognized gift for using new oak
"juste comme il faut", that is to say, "just enough". The
pinot noir is completely destemmed before being sent
into open top tanks where they undergo a "maceration
à froid" (cold maceration) of 5 days at less than 10C.
Jean-Marc uses both a gentle "remontage" and a
"pigeage" three times a day for his reds. He is an
advocate of "finale à chaud" and warms the must at
the end of fermentation. According to Jean-Marc, this
fixes the color in the wine.


The whites are fermented in barrel, but Jean-Marc
never uses more than 25% new wood so as not to
overwhelm the intensity of fruit and sense of terroir
specific to each wine. Bâtonnage is practiced to
enrich the whites but is not exaggerated. Both the
reds and the whites are aged 12 18 months in barrel.
The wines are manipulated as little as possible and
are bottled unfiltered to preserve their purity.




2004 DOMAINE JEAN-MARC PILLOT CHASSAGNE
MONTRACHET LES CHENEVOTTES 90-93

“Pure, perfumed aromas of white peach and spring
flowers. Silky, pristine and light on its feet, with lovely
delicate perfume and subtle sweetness. Not hugely
concentrated but has a near-perfect balance and
conveys a distinctly savory impression. And showing
extremely well today. This is very much like a 2002 in
style. “

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar Sept/Oct 2005

				
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