Discover Burgundy Domaine François Carillon
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 in News
Langton’s Head of International Buying, Jesper Kjaersgaard shares what he discovered when he visited Domaine François Carillon in Puligny Montrachet during his buying trip to Burgundy...
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Domaine François Carillon - Puligny Montrachet
The Carillon family have made wine in Puligny since 1632 and been grape growers since 1520. Louis Carillon succeeded his father in running the domaine in the 1960s and created one of the finest domaines in Puligny-Montrachet. In 2009, Louis’ sons, Jacques and François decided to split the domaine and go their separate ways.
Domaine François Carillon Les Perrieres 1er cru, Puligny-Montrachet 2015
François has always held his focus in the vineyard and he recounts memories of walking in the vineyards as a young child with his father. In the vineyard, François farms organically within reason. No weed killers are used and the production is controlled by strict pruning. François calls himself a ‘traditionalist’ and the use of new oak is held to a minimum - 10% for the village wines and 15% for the premier crus.
I have spoken at length about the damaging frosts during the 2016 vintage in previous instalments of our Burgundy releases. Puligny-Montrachet miraculously escaped with minor damage and was able to produce a crop that wasn’t too dissimilar to 2015 numbers. Not all areas were as lucky and François reported his Chassagne Montrachet vineyards lost up to 70%. The main issue in Puligny-Montrachet was the mildew that followed the rain but the weather cleared up for the entire harvest which resulted in perfectly healthy grapes.
François wines have always been very powerful but I must say, the 2016’s are the purest I have seen. They still have the power and intensity that we have come to associate and love with these wines but with a newfound purity. The 2016’s are easily the best I have seen from this domaine and with very limited numbers -a must buy for any great lover of Burgundy. One of the sharpest pens when it comes to Burgundy, Jasper Morris put Carillon in the same league as Etienne Sauzet and Domaine Leflaive and I can only agree.