Domaine Lamy-Pillot is a family farm located in Morgeot, Chassagne-Montrachet, founded in 1975 by René Lamy and Thérèse Pillot from Saint-Aubin, descendants of wine-growing families. Although both sides of the owner couple come from winemaking families, through creativity, ingenuity and hard work, they have had a remarkable share in the farm's growth to its current proportions.
With a total of 16 hectares, the shelter areas cover plots around the villages of Chassagne-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin, Santenay, Meursault and Beaune. 9 hectares of the paddocks are owned by the farm, and the rest are rented from other parties to René's seven-headed sister cat. 60% of all production is red wine. Even though Lamy-Pillot is quite a large farm located in Chassagne-Montrachet, with annual production hovering around 80-100,000 bottles depending on the vintage, the reins have remained firmly in the hands of their own family circle. The couple's daughter Florence together with her husband Sebastien took over the responsibility of the operation of the farm after her father, and in 2004 also another of the daughters, Karine, joined the team together with her husband Daniel. Nelikko is responsible for all operations of the farm, from planting the vines and promoting their well-being to manual harvesting and the careful process of making and selling the wines.
The farm's position as a family-oriented and independent producer enables continuous quality control and its development. The farm's purpose is not to produce identical wines year after year, but to ensure that each vintage truly reflects its origin, and the special characteristics of the climate and soil. Viticulture and production are guided by the ideas of respect for the earth, green working, craftsmanship and naturalness. This can also be tasted in the estate's 20 different wines, which exude Burgundian authenticity.
All wines are picked by hand and carefully sorted. The stems of the red grapes are removed before the grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled concrete containers. Red wines are allowed to cold macerate for 5-6 days, followed by 20-25 days of fermentation and maceration. The red wines mature for a year and a half in oak barrels, of which 20-25% are new. White wines are pressed in whole bunches and their juice is allowed to settle for 1-2 days before alcoholic fermentation in oak barrels, 15% of which are new. All wines also undergo malolactic fermentation. Wines are clarified only if necessary. The farm also has its own bottling line, which enables the wines to be bottled at exactly the desired time.
In addition to the farm's production, under SARL René Lamy, around 400 different wines from 35 other producers are traded, mainly for the French market. The warehouse and office premises of the trade business are located in Meursault and enable the resources to produce the farm's own wines even in challenging times, such as in 2016, when 80% of the orchards' production was lost due to a spring frost, and in 2019, when a spring frost and a rainy and windy flowering period destroyed 50% of the crop .