2014 Paul Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St. Jean (750ml)15 2 0 0
92 points Wine Advocate
The 2014 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jean has a composed, mineral-rich, Puligny-like bouquet that revs up in the glass and achieves impressive vigor and focus. The palate is crisp and taut, a fine bead of acidity here, strict and linear but with plenty of fresh green apple, pear and nectarine decorating the finish. This comes recommended and should give 8-12 years of drinking pleasure. NM (1/2016)
Like the Mazures the nose is presently masked by wood and reduction. On the positive side there is a lovely sense of freshness and verve to the sleek and seductively textured medium weight flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality on the harmonious and lingering finish where a hint of bitter lemon arises.
Thierry Pillot noted that "despite the fact that we didn't have hail in Chassagne in 2014 yields weren't especially abundant as there was hydric stress during the flowering that provoked significant shatter and we lost about 25% of the potential crop before we ever really started. We chose to begin picking on the 11th of September and brought in clean and ripe fruit that possessed solid acidities and potential alcohols that were in the 12.5 to 13% range. As to the style of the 2014s, I would describe them as a bit less concentrated than their 2013 counterparts with seductive textures, round flavors with good if not exceptional supporting acidities. Moreover they have so much energy that they're just refreshing to drink and I believe that most consumers will be seduced by their charm. If I had to choose another vintage that is similar I would probably suggest 2011 and the 2014s will likely age in the same fashion." (6/2016)