The Pillot family cultivate four small parcels in this famous site, totalling 0.49 hectares. Winemaking follows the same line as for all the other 1er Crus, and only 10% new oak was used this year. The vines here are an average of 55 years old and, as you would expect of such a stony vineyard (caillou is an old French word for stone), intense minerality and depth are both features of this striking wine. It has both textural power and depth as well as an intense, chalky and earthy minerality that is rare amongst 1er Cru whites. A brilliant Chassagne.
“Consistently one of the stars in Thierry Pillot’s stellar range of Chassagne Premiers Crus, this is the freshest, most focused wine of the lot, which often reminds me of a Grand Cru Chablis from Blanchot. Briney, sea-shore aromas segue into a palate that's wonderfully fresh and energetic, with 10% new wood providing some scented spicy undertones. The balance of this wine is almost balletic in its precision.” 95 points, Tim Atkin MW, Decanter.
“Unwinding in the glass with notes of peach, white flowers, orange zest and beeswax, Pillot's 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets is medium to full-bodied, satiny and textural, with a racy spine of acidity and a long, chalky finish. Fine-boned and precise, it’s showing well.” 92-94 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate.
“There is a little golden heart to this and a nose which is calling forwards something exciting. This has several layers on the palate not just flesh but lively strains throughout. Those attractive lightly bitter youthful touches really dance across the palate and there is excellent length. 4 stars.” 93-96 points, Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy.