Our featured wine of the week: June 18th
The W.O.W. (Wine of the Week) ...of the Century
Domaine Paul Pillot Bourgogne Rouge 2015
Domaine Paul Pillot was founded in 1900 by Jean-Baptiste Pillot, a barrel maker by trade, who decided to focus full-time on his vines. His sons, Alphonse and Henri, succeeded him after the conclusion of World War I, increasing the Domaine’s holdings significantly and beginning to bottle their own wines. Henri’s son Paul then took over the Domaine in 1968.
Today, the domaine owns 13 hectares of vines (4.5 in red) and is run by Paul’s dynamic son Thierry who began working in 1999, before taking over full time in 2004. Thierry is the 4th generation to take on the reins of this storied property. Under Thierry the focus has been put squarely in the vineyards, with a discreet use of new wood and a non-interventionist approach in the cellar.
Burgundy is changing as the youth movement takes over and there is no Domaine that has been more exciting in the last few years than Paul Pillot. We currently carry the Bourgogne Aligote, Bourgogne Rouge and a Bourgogne blanc under the Thierry Pillot label.
We featured the Bourgogne Blanc a few weeks ago and after a recent tasting of the Bougogne Rouge it’s too good not to highlight. This red is sourced from vineyards in Chassagne, Chagny and Remigny from Clay and Limestone soils. Thierry uses 25% whole bunches which give the wine its structure and perfume. The quality on ’15 red burgundies is amazing and this has been one of our favorites so far.
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Our wines are often more subtle and earthy than the fruit-bombs that you find on most supermarket shelves but we believe that once you unlock their charms you will be hooked for life. And since these Old World wines were made on smaller vineyards that have existed for generations they also offer quite a great bang for the buck. There are some amazing New World wines out there but they tend to cost a great deal more than we want to charge our customers. We want to be the wine portal for people of all ages and incomes who are new to wine and want to explore without breaking the bank.