Jean Marc Pillot’s 2014 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers is bright gold and yellow with a translucent yellow/green rim. Vivid aromas of white peach, yellow apple, meyer lemon, vanilla bean, lemon blossom, honey, peony and jasmine blossoms crash into a solid vertical wall of limestone minerality. This is a flawless wine and, as always, the palate is where Jean-Marc’s Les Vergers distinguishes itself. It is remarkably enjoyable now with a mouthful of luscious, fleshy white and yellow fruits, but everything is wrapped around a powerful core of acidity and freshness, making it an ideal candidate for cellar aging. I had a difficult time not emptying this delicious bottle before dinner but I’m confident it will only grow more mysterious and exotic with cellar age. I recently unearthed Pillot’s 2008 Les Vergers (the first Pillot ever offered on Somm Select!) from my cellar and it was just perfect, with nuttier aromas and an intoxicating salinity beginning to dominate the youthful fruit. So, my point is that whether you enjoy the ‘14 now or in 7-10 years, just follow the same simple approach and you will not be disappointed: decant for 30-45 minutes and serve in large Burgundy stems at 60 degrees. And while you might scratch your head about pairing white Burgundy with Indian food, I can promise that the citrus/yogurt marinade used in this epic Tandoori game hen recipe is a sneakily compatible companion. Cheers!