Francois Carillon Puligny Montrachet 2010 0,75
A finely knit fabric of silky, perfumed fruit emerges from the 2010 Puligny-Montrachet. Carillon’s Puligny is a wine of gorgeous textural finesse and harmony. An attractive melange of yellow stone fruit and bright, saline notes melds into the expressive finish. This is another terrific, entry-level bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2012+. These 2010s are the first wines Francois Carillon has made from start to finish on his own. Based on the wines I tasted, it looks like Francois’s wines are a little silkier than his brother Jacques’s wines. I also tasted the 2011s, which are shaping up beautifully. As of 2011, the range will include two new premier crus from Chassagne-Montrachet: Clos St. Jean and Chenevottes, great news for fans of this ‘new’ domaine.
Louis Carillon Puligny Montrachet 2009 0,375
The 2009 Puligny-Montrachet flows with expressive white fruit and flowers, all of which come together in a supple, mid-weight style that is immensely pleasing. This shows exquisite grace and lovely overall balance. The villages is made from eleven plots in Puligny, and saw 15% new oak. Anticipated maturity: 2013+. The 2009s are the last wines brothers Francois and Jacques Carillon made together. Francois and Jacques split the 2009s in bottle and will each be selling the wines with their respective labels. The wines themselves are identical. The 2009 harvest started on September 7th. The wines spent one year on their lees with no racking and were bottled in February and March 2011. I also tasted several 2010s, but the wines had been sulphured one week before my visit and were virtually impossible to taste. The 2010s I tasted were Puligny-Montrachet (villages), Puligny-Montrachet premier crus Champ Canet, Les Referts, and Les Perrieres, Chassagne-Montrachet Les Macherelles and Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet.
Louis Carillon Puligny Montrachet Les Champs Canet 1. cru 2009 0,75
The 2009 Puligny-Montrachet Champs Canet is wonderfully expressive today. It possesses gorgeous mid-palate pliancy, with plenty of persistence in layers of fruit that build towards the explosive finish. Floral notes are beautifully woven throughout in this convincing, harmonious white. Anticipated maturity: 2013+. The 2010s are the first wines Francois Carillon has vinified on his own following the division of the family estate, Louis Carillon. I was very impressed with what I tasted, but, and perhaps even more importantly, deeply struck by the attention to detail, especially in the vineyards. All of the 2010s had completed their malos when I visited in late June, 2011 except for the Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet, which was impossible to read. Readers should note that there are two labels for the 2009s; Francois Carillon and Jacques Carillon. The brothers have divided the finished, bottled wines of that year and are each selling their respective portions of those wines. The wines in bottle are identical. For ease of reference I have duplicated the entries in our database so notes for the 2009s appear for both producers.
Louis Carillon Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes 1. cru 2009 0,75
The 2009 Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes shows the juicier side of Puligny in its up-front, supple personality. This is a relatively straightforward, accessible wine. While not super complex it should drink well right out of the gate. As good as this is, I miss the persistence and depth of the finest premier crus here. Anticipated maturity: 2013+.