DOMAINE FRANCOIS CARILLON, Puligny-Montrachet
Domaine Francois Carillon is the legacy of the Carillon family that has been growing grapes in the Puligny-Montrachet region since the 16th century. Langton's has been dealing with Francois since he established his own label in 2010 and we're proud of how this relationship has grown.
His wines, reflecting his heritage and passion, rub shoulders with those Grand Cru and 1er Cru wine from Puligny-Montrachet and have garnered acclaim at the highest levels.
‘I cannot think of any Burgundian grower more energetic than François Carillon…’
Jancis Robinson MW
The slightly curious nose mixes reduction and floral aromas. On the plus side there is an excellent sense of underlying tension and detail to the utterly delicious medium-bodied flavours that possess a caressing mouthfeel, all wrapped in a sleek, focused, complex and well-balanced finale… classy villages… should drink well early. Outstanding. 91 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound.
Carillon describes the 2014s as round wines with good fruit. ‘The pHs are a bit too high for a great year, but it's really a lovely vintage, except for the hail’, he told me at the beginning of June, adding that the year reminded him of 2005. Grape sugars were in the high 12.7% to 13.4% range and Carillon did not chaptalize his wines. Carillon now exploits 14 hectares of vines, of which he owns seven… Pale bright yellow. Highly aromatic nose combines peach, ginger and quinine. Rich, sweet and nicely concentrated, with a ripe peach flavor complicated by saline minerality and a toasty note from the 10% new oak. Carillon owns five hectares of village vines in Puligny-Montrachet; he blended this wine at the beginning and has 120 barrels of this juice. A lovely village wine in the making. 89-91 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (9/15)
Pale yellow. Cool white peach and lemon zest aromas are complicated by a smoky nuance and a hint of minerality. Ripe, pliant and harmonious, conveying an impression of power to its yellow peach and spice flavors. 87-89 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (9/2016).
Puligny Blancs have a distinguished bouquet of almond paste, ferns, tropical fruit, amber, and white flowers. Their discreet acidity leaves room for a very soft mouthfeel and an impressive long finish.