Jean-Marc Pillot - Last of 2018s

Jean-Marc Pillot is one of the most thoughtful and intrinsic winemakers of Burgundy. A fourth-generation winemaker, his wines are free from formulaic winemaking. Based on very old vines – averaging about 50 years but reaching as high as 100 – these form the nucleus of his wines with clever winemaking detail to support. His deft touch brings to the fore each wines personality and his fanatical approach ensures each wine is made to be their best.

One insight into his fanaticism is that older casks (they have a three-year life span) are always re-used for the same vineyards to preserve a synergy between oak and vineyard. Not only laborious in the winery, in the vineyard no chemicals are used. Grit and toil are preferred to sprays.

Not surprisingly his notoriety is on the up. Jasper Morris is a fan, he recently noted ‘Unfortunately demand for his wines has soared worldwide and as a result, stocks are limited. Buy while stocks remain!’ In the riper 2018 vintage, their immediacy is so attractive and very delicious.

We’ve got a smattering left of his 2018 vintage. These 18s are opulent expressions of Chassagne – remiss of the floral high tones of Puligny their beauty is revealed on the palate. Packed with a vibrant density and a streak of minerality they seem to possess everything. There’s a lovely buoyancy to the depth and richness that resonates, sailing into a long harmonious finish.

There are less than four dozen of each cuvee available. This is the last of the 2018 vintage. We’ve sharpened the prices on single bottles and six-pack buys. We’ve also put together a ‘Pillot White Burgundy 1er Cru Exploration 4 pack’ – one bottle each of the Premier Crus. It gives you a decadent exploration into some of the top wines of Chassagne. You can taste both the north and south groupings of the vineyards.

Cook up something comforting like a roast chook or pasta alfredo – or order in oysters and lobster Thermidor (is there nothing our top restaurants can tempt us with on their takeaway menus?) and open a bottle or two.