Domaine Lamy-Pillot is typical of the small family-run estates which dot the Burgundian landscape, giving this prestigious wine region its unique homespun charm and endless diversity of wine styles. The domaine was founded in 1973 by René and Thérèse Lamy-Pillot who chose to make their home in the rural hamlet of Morgeot in Chassagne-Montrachet.
Over the years the couple have expanded the domaine to include 20 hectares of vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin, Santenay, Meursault and Beaune. René and Thérèse have recently given over the day-to-day running of the estate to their daughters, Florence and Karine, and their sons-in-law, Sébastien and Daniel.
The crown jewel in the family’s holdings is their Le Montrachet plot which is considered to be the finest terroir for white Burgundies. The Montrachet vineyard enjoys a prime hillside position with plentiful exposure to sunshine to ripen the Chardonnay grapes in Burgundy’s notoriously fickle climate and well-draining soils to remove excess rainfall. Here Lamy-Pillot’s vines rub shoulders with fabulously famous and expensive neighbours like Bouchard Père et Fils and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.
The typical Lamy-Pillot style features crisp, pure fruit and a distinctive flinty minerality for their white Burgundies and luscious, well-structured red Burgundies from the Clos St Jean cru in Chassagne-Montrachet and Premier Cru plots in Blagny.
Great attention to detail in the vineyard produces exceptional quality fruit which reflects both the terroir and the specific weather conditions of each particular vintage. Grapes are harvested by hand, canopy management is used to ensure optimal maturity is achieved, and the family take good care of the soils by using natural fertilizers and avoiding chemical herbicides wherever possible.
This dedication and hard work in the vineyard produces top quality grapes which need relatively little intervention in the winery. The family favour used oak barrels over new ones to allow the pure expression of the grape variety and terroir to come to the fore, and skilfully adapt their winemaking approach each year to best fit the characteristics of that vintage.