Pillot - Bourgogne Pinot Noir
A complex, carefully crafted wine from impeccable vineyards in and around the village of Mercurey, this is a need-to-know-someone find that rarely escapes from Burgundy’s wine-savvy locals.
Pinot Noir from the Côte d’Or is excellent, and certainly worth the region’s soaring prices. But ear-to-the-ground buyers know the Côte Chalonnaise, just to the south, is the spot for exceptional Pinot at great value. Eric Asimov of The New York Times said Côte Chalonnaise reds convey “what makes Burgundy the promised land for Pinot Noir wines,” and Wine Enthusiast said Mercurey produces “some of Burgundy’s most attractive, cushioned and vibrant Pinot Noirs.”
The father-and-son team of Laurent and Romain represent the fifth and sixth generations to make wine at Domaine Pillot, and they’re intimately acquainted with the land around Mercurey. They hand-harvest all the grapes, ferment them in concrete vats, then age the wine for 10 months in stainless-steel vats to preserve pure-fruit flavors—just one of the traits that so impressed the Pinot-fanatics at Saison that night.