2019 Francois Carillon Bourgogne Chardonnay
The grapes for this Bourgogne Chardonnay come from three plots located in Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. This wine is refreshing and salty, with nice acidity and a distinct minerality from the clay-limestone soils.
The wine completed fermentation in small oak barrels and undergoes a light bâtonnage, which means lees stirring in French.
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The Carillon family domaine dates back to the 16th century. The winemaking tradition has been passed down from father to son since 1632. The family still occupies the same site in Puligny-Montrachet, between the church and the old château which belonged to the original nobles of the village. Over the years, additional buildings throughout the village were added to the Carillon’s holdings and converted to winemaking facilities. Jacques and François, the sons of Louis, continued in the family tradition, with Jacques making the wines and François looking after the vines. In 2009, the brothers decided to separate the domaine. The 2009 vintage was the last under the shared domaine, and 2010 was the first vintage of Francois Carillon as we know it today.
François’ passion has always been in the vineyard, and he strives to provide optimal ingredients for the cellar. He farms almost 20 acres of vineyards, located principally in Puligny-Montrachet. Farming is done in accordance with the lutte raisonée philosophy, so treatments are only used in extreme circumstances. Ploughing is done using horse or tractor, and weed-killers are avoided.
The white wine vinification is in the traditional Burgundy style, with fermentation in small oak casks. The wines are aged in Allier oak, 10-25% of which is new, with 10-15% for the villages and up to 25% for the premiers crus. The entire process is best described as “classic,” with the wines showing extremely light use of oak. The domaine produces Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru, villages Puligny-Montrachet, several Puligny-Montrachet Premier Crus, villages Chassagne-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Crus, a Saint Aubin Premier Cru, a Bourgogne Chardonnay and an Aligoté.