Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Champgains

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Champgains

  • Chassagne-Montrachet AOC, 
  • Burgundy, 
  • france
Background

The Pillots have cultivated vines in the Côte de Beaune village of Chassagne-Montrachet since 1625. A new and exciting chapter began when, in the 1990s, father-son team Fernand and Laurent Pillot extended their family’s vineyard holdings to also include a few incredible plots in neighboring Pommard and Volnay.Today, the Pillots cultivate 15 hilly hectares, covering 50 parcels (including 12 Premiers Crus). Since Fernand’s retirement, Laurent and his son Adrien are continuing the family’s legacy with a tireless focus on maintaining the utmost quality. Everything is harvested and sorted by hand and yields are kept painfully low. Every plot is worked under strict “agrobiologie” principles, and the estate has been proudly HVE-3 certified since 2021 - no easy feat. The family have also been members of the environmental research group DEPHY-EcoPhyto since 2012.

TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES

The vines grow on 0.85 acres of stony, clay-limestone soils which are located at 787 feet above sea level. Les Champgains sits mid-slope and mid-village in Chassagne, producing wines of elegance and depth. This parcel of vines was replanted in 2002 and is situated next to the family home. Before replanting the soil was left to regenerate without the application of fertilizer for 5 years, the result being young healthy vines that are already giving very mature grapes. It all began with a relatively mild winter. All the vines were pruned during the waning moon phase so that the sap would concentrate in the roots, resulting in greater vigor and longevity. In addition, they were pruned in two stages to fight the frost. As soil life is a priority, the domaine no longer plows in the winter. Thanks to the preventive measures carried out during the winter, the impact of frost where limited without using any means of control. The growing season was kind for the growth of the vines. With sunny summer and low disease pressure, Laurent & Adrien decided to do less leaf thinning than the previous years. Laurent & Adrien have decided to make the transition to organic viticulture. 2022 is the first vintage that marks their conversion into organic viticulture. Therefore, they will be able to legally declare it starting with the 2024 vintage. The goal is to find the perfect balance in the wines. Adrein aims to work with ripe fruits while maintaining freshness to achieve complexity with a subtle use of oak. Occasionally, a few whole clusters are retained in the red wines, but in small quantities to allow the fruit to express itself. To do this, the choice of barrels has been carefully considered. By reducing the number of new barrels and controlling their toasting, Adrien aims to preserve the expression of the terroirs, particularly in the white wines. Note from Adrien Pillot: I hope that this vintage and the various innovations will please you. It was crafted with passion and enthusiasm thanks to a motivated and dedicated team. We will continue with our various experiments, all aimed at enhancing the quality of our work in the vineyards and our wines. You are most welcome to come and taste our range. I hope you will join me in this great adventure.

Winemaking & Aging

Grapes are hand-harvested and carried to the winery where they undergo alcoholic fermentation in French oak barrels (30% new) for a period of two months. The wine is barrel aged unitil the following summer so the wine has time to integrate and confirm its personality (approx 11–12 months), then bottled at the winery.

Tasting Notes

Persistent scents of lemon and grapefruit lead the way to a warm, round and rich mouthfeel with flavors of white flowers and citrus fruits.

Appellation

Chassagne-Montrachet AOC

grape varieties

100% Chardonnay

Sizes

750ml

technical details
  • ABV: 13.50%
  • Closure: Cork
winemaker

Adrien Pillot

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