2018 Domaine Paul Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet Les Champ Gains 1er (750ml) Pre-Arrival

2018 Domaine Paul Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet Les Champ Gains 1er (750ml) Pre-Arrival

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90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Mingling aromas of pear and orange oil with hints of pastry cream and citrus blossom in an expressive bouquet, the 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Champs Gain is medium to full-bodied, supple and enveloping, underpinned by lively acids and concluding with an elegantly perfumed, mineral finish. As I wrote last year, the 12-hectare Domaine Paul Pillot has been directed since 2004 by the young and dynamic Thierry Pillot. The vines in the domaine's enviable palette of holdings are farmed organically, though not yet certified as such, and the wines they produce are matured for some 18 months on the lees, the final six being spent in stainless steel. Percentages of new wood are modest, with plenty of larger-format 350-liter barrels, and the lees are never stirred. Pillot told me that he used even less new wood than usual in 2018. Characterful, elegantly textural and mouthwateringly incisive, these are superb white Burgundies, and to my mind, Pillot is one of a handful of exciting producers who win Chassagne-Montrachet the title of Burgundy's most interesting white wine-producing village today. While 2018 certainly yielded generously, crops were smaller at this address than in 1999, and while generally Pillot prefers the 2017s, he adds the caveat that some cuvées have turned out better in 2018 than their 2017 counterparts...(2/2020)

Allen Meadows - Burghound
An overtly floral-suffused nose offers up ripe aromas of poached pear, citrus rind and a hint of crushed rosemary. The richer but not necessarily denser middle weight flavors also possess a relatively refined mouthfeel before culminating in a saline, balanced and focused finale. This lilting effort will need to add a bit more depth to merit the upper end of my projected range. (6/2020)