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2004 DOMAINE JEAN-MARC PILLOT CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET LES CHENEVOTTES ...
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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