"This has always been one of my favorite Cote de Beaune domaines." - Robert Parker
We know Jean-Marc Pillot through introduction by his cousin, François Carillon. Jean-Marc has been working at the estate since 1985 and manages it since 1991. He has since implemented several changes such as the construction of new facilities and he expanded the number of cultivated vineyards. He is now making wines together with his son, Antonin.
The Pillot family makes wines with lean, fresh, and complex style. From the nearly 15 hectares of vineyards, the production of white wine is still dominant but almost half of it is dedicated to Pinot noir for the making of red wines, which is unusual for Chassagne-Montrachet. The vines in most parcels are between 25 and 50 years old but can reach 90 years old in some premier crus of Chassagne-Montrachet.
History and the estate
The estate’s history traces back to 1290. Three Ridolfi families stem from an ancient Tuscan lineage. One of these – the Ridolfi of Borgo – originated the Sienese branch called “dalla Contrada”. That is the Ridolfi family that gives their name and crest to this estate in Montalcino.
The estate was bought in 2011 by Giuseppe Valter Peretti, owner of the Rocchetto estate in Larciano in Chianti, about twenty kilometres south of Pistoia. 2014 Gianni Maccari joined as winemaker after a long time (14 years) working at the esteemed Poggio di Sotto. He is now joined by his son Filippo who has just finished his winemaking and vineyard studies. 2021 this estate was named by the Gambero Rosso as one of Italy’s “up and coming estates”.
Brunello di Montalcino Ridolfi 2016
Fermented and macerated for 60 days in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 26 degrees. The ageing is 36 months in large Slavonian oak barrels and then at least 12 months of bottle ageing. Clear translucent colour again with red and tawny. Wonderful lifted, almost airy nose. Some red fruit, some more degraded fruits. Notes of warm soil and Christmas spices. Very complex. Lovely texture, a good bit of grip (by stealth). Some tar and warmer fruits with a certain sweetness. Properness to the structure, good acidity and a very complete long finish. Splendid. 14%
Corney & Barrow Score 18
Recommended drinking from 2023 - 2030+
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Mercatale Ridolfi 2015
Fermented and macerated for 60 days in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 26 degrees. The ageing is 55 months in large Slavonian oak barrels and then at least 12 months of bottle ageing. Very pale, tawny more than anything. A resinous intensity strikes me and belies the pale, elegant colour. A real sweetness to the nose, a lift then a slight tang of mint and some herbs. “Refined pungency” my notes read. More weight comes through on the palate, succulent. There’s a real intense red fruit and freshness to the palate. Good acidity, “good to go” from now. 14%
Corney & Barrow Score 18+
Recommended drinking from 2022 - 2029
Brunello di Montalcino Donna Rebecca Ridolfi 2016
The best selection of grapes which are picked, fermented and aged separately. Winemaking Vinification Intégrale process with full berries placed in specific small barrels expressly made by Tonnellerie Baron. Fermented and macerated for 90 days at a controlled temperature of 26 degrees. Daily bâtonnage through barrel rotation. 30 months in barriques and 18 months in bottle. A different H6 “beast” in a way. A fair bit more colour as expected, still translucent and bright. Warm herbs and spices, full mulled fruits but not lacking precision. This is a winter wine for when its horrid outdoors, it’s a wallowing wine. Iodine, menthol and almost a kick of quinine. The
tannins are rounder and fuller. A wine for the hedonist. Sweet attack allied to good acidity and a “gourmand” finish. 15%
Corney & Barrow Score 17.5 - 18
Recommended drinking from 2022 - 2028