Puligny-Montrachet Domaine Francois Carillon 2017
France / Burgundy / Cote de Beaune
This is made from four hectares of vines, spread over eight lieux-dits: Derrière la Velle, Reuchaux, Corvée, Levrons, Aubues, Tremblots, les Noyer Bret and les Rousselles. Fine white peach fruit is skewered brilliantly
by a driving rod of acidity, making for a supremely steely, linear wine. And then a citrussy tang on the finish, which lasts and lasts…
"White flowers on the nose, taut and chiselled, leading into a wonderfully saline, mineral, textured palate, which has both intense, expressive fruit and a super-fine, detailed structure. It comes to a point beautifully on the finish, with brisk acidity complementing a sense of driven persistence. "
- ABV 13%
- Drink now / lay down 2021 - 2027
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Domaine François Carillon
He now has his own eponymous domaine, Domaine François Carillon. François began working with his father Louis Carillon in 1988. Fascinated, from the outset, by the vines and their environment, the vineyard became François’ main focus and remains paramount today, providing optimal ingredients in the cellar. A viticulturalist of the highest quality, he believes passionately that the quality of wine is determined in the vineyard – music to our ears.
The 6.5 hectares currently in production are farmed to lutte integrée principles; that is organically, but with the option to treat the vines if the circumstances demand it. No weed-killers are used, just ploughing, either by horse or tractor, and a mushroom-based top-dressing. Production is controlled from the outset with a strict pruning regime, followed by de-budding, the vines trained to optimise photosynthesis. The small, dedicated, dynamic team is driven by respect for the vineyard. The estate currently spans Chassagne-Montrachet Premiers Crus, Puligny Premiers Crus Village Puligny Montrachet and generic Bourgogne. François dismisses his work in the cellar as “traditional” – it’s impeccable, the use of oak perfectly balanced.
Burgundy’s wine industry complexity and tremendous diversity are the result of geological accident. Centuries ago, faulting tore the great valley apart, easing the passage of the nearby Saône River.