Domaine Jacques Carillon

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Country of Origin: France
Location: Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy
People: Jacques Carillon, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

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Domaine Jacques Carillon 2015 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Macherelles, AOC Login BH 89-91 AG (88-90) WA (88-90) AG 89 Please inquire
Domaine Jacques Carillon 2015 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Perrieres, AOC Login BH 90-93 AG (89-91) WA (90-92) AG 92 Please inquire
Domaine Jacques Carillon 2015 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Champs Canet, AOC Login BH 90-92 WA (90-92) AG (88-91) AG 91 Please inquire
Domaine Jacques Carillon 2015 Puligny-Montrachet AOC Login BH 88-91 AG (87-89) WA (87-89) AG 88 Please inquire

The Carillon family traces its viticultural roots in Puligny back to the sixteenth century. There are documents from 1520 attesting to the presence in that locale of Jehan Carillon. The estate has always been run with a scrupulous regard and respect for the traditions of Burgundy and has achieved renown as a producer of the most classic, often understated but always compelling, wines of this village. Now, beginning with the 2010 vintage, the estate has been divided in two, to be shared between Jacques and Francois, the two sons of Louis Carillon. Here we present the wines of Jacques Carillon.

The Carillons have always applied the most rigorous standards to their work in the vineyards, affecting a near organic methodology. No herbicides are used; the earth is turned by plow and by hand, the vines are pruned short to control production, a severe debudding is practiced and a green harvest is practiced when deemed necessary. Harvest is always manual, a pneumatic press is utilized, fermentation and elevage occur in barrel for at least one year, batonnage is done (judiciously!) and, before bottling, the wines are racked into stainless steel cuves for six months to settle and clarify. The dual goals are to produce ageworthy wines that are intensely expressive of their respective terroirs. They have managed to achieve those goals with stunning regularity.

Jacques Carillon produces wine from 5.5 hectares with the overwhelming majority of the vineyards being situated within Puligny-Montrachet with additional holdings in Chassagne Montrachet, Saint Aubin and Mercurey.

Wine Advocate 12/2014
"I was knocked-out by the quality of Jacques’s 2013s, one of the Côte de Beaune growers who may have made even better wines in 2013 than in 2012. They are all imbued with bracing acidity, crisp delineation and a compelling sense of energy and tension – pure expressions of their respect terroirs. These were some of my favorite white 2013s. Beg or bribe your local merchant for a few bottles."


Wine Advocate 12/2013
"It was a pleasure to visit Jacques Carillon in Puligny at his winery adjacent to the village church, barely 20 meters from the winery of his brother, Francois. Like all the Carillon family, there seems to be a separate building for each stage of vinification. The family’s roots penetrate deep into Puligny’s history books, since Jehan Caillon tended vines in 1520. When their father Louis’ domaine was split between his two sons in 2009, Jacques and his wife Sylvie seemed to acquire more of the vineyard holdings (5.25 hectares in total), while Francois’ operation leans more toward a negociant structure. Their first separate vintage was in 2010. 'It was cold during flowering,' Jacques explained, climbing up a ladder to extract his 2012’s from stainless steel vat, 'and there was a lot of millerandage. We were affected by hail three times during the summer and consequently we lost 70% of the crop for the premier crus. But the malo-lactics went well and finished at the end of April compared to mid-June. The wines are showing good minerality.' His 2012s were some of the finest that I encountered from the appellation: even the village cru displaying Carillon’s trademark precision and each cuvee seeming to add on another layer of complexity until you reached the spellbinding grand cru."

Reviews

  • Jacques Carillon 2015 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Champs Canet, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 90-92 (6/11/2017)

    A more elegant nose offers up wisps of citrus and spice that add breadth to the pear, apple, white flower and lemon rind scents. There is a highly seductive mouth feel to the sappy and succulent medium-bodied flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality on the balanced and caressing finish. This too should drink well young but I would be inclined to allow it 5 to 8 years of cellaring first.
  • Jacques Carillon 2015 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Perrieres, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 90-93 (6/11/2017)

    Here the expressive nose is similar to that of the Champs Canet but with more prominent citrus elements. The sleeker if slightly less voluminous and rich medium weight flavors exhibit more obvious minerality on the relatively precise, lingering and well-balanced finale.
  • Jacques Carillon 2015 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Macherelles, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 89-91 (6/11/2017)

    Here too there is a subtle whiff of wood present on the pear, resin and petrol-suffused nose. There is once again good energy to the bigger and richer medium-bodied flavors that coat the palate with dry extract, all wrapped in a relatively dry finale. This should drink well young and with a few years of aging.
  • Jacques Carillon 2015 Puligny-Montrachet AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 88-91 (6/11/2017)

    A ripe but fresh nose combines notes of various white orchard fruit, acacia blossom, citrus shavings and a hint of wood. There is a really lovely mouth feel to the delicious middle weight flavors that retain a fine sense of energy while delivering solid depth and persistence. A solid Puligny villages.
  • Jacques Carillon 2015 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Perrieres, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (89-91) (9/10/2016)

    More complex on the nose than the Champs Canet, offering scents of orange, smoke and minerals. Fat, saline and rather reticent in the middle palate, showing a slightly exotic banana note. Less open than the Champs Canet but also more concentrated and extract-rich. Finishes with a distinct tannic impression. The yield here was 30 hectoliters per hectare, owing to smaller grapes. At this point in our tasting, Carillon noted that he normally enjoys drinking his premier crus after eight to ten years, but he'll probably drink the 2015s two or three years earlier than that.
  • Jacques Carillon 2015 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Macherelles, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (88-90) (9/10/2016)

    Pear and white flowers on the nose, plus a suggestion of freshly cut grass. At once juicy and generous, with ripe lemony acidity giving shape to the middle palate. Good energy to the pear fruit.
  • Jacques Carillon 2015 Puligny-Montrachet AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (87-89) (9/10/2016)

    Peach, spices and flowers on the nose. Rich but firm, showing good stuffing and energy to its yellow peach and buttery oak flavors. The fatness of the vintage is nicely contained by well-integrated acidity. Finishes with a firm edge.
  • Jacques Carillon 2015 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Macherelles, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (88-90) (12/30/2016)

    The 2015 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru les Macherelles, matured in 20% new oak, has a tightly-wound, slightly chalky, Puligny-like bouquet that just needs to develop more intensity during its élevage. The palate has good attack on the entry with a pinch of white pepper, crisp acidity with a linear finish that just misses a little persistence. Otherwise, I appreciate the wound-up energy Jean-Jacques has instilled into this wine, although the 2014 clearly possesses more nerve.
  • Jacques Carillon 2015 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Perrieres, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (90-92) (12/30/2016)

    The 2015 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrières has an attractive lemon curd-scented bouquet with fine delineation, touches of lime and chalk developing with time. The palate is crisp and fresh on the entry with touch of orange rind and spice, showing some depth and girth towards the finish (common in 2015), but maintaining freshness throughout.
  • Jacques Carillon 2015 Puligny-Montrachet AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (87-89) (12/30/2016)

    The 2015 Puligny-Montrachet Village was split into three cuvées when I met with Jacques at his winery and he kindly allowed me to taste from each one (they had been transferred into vat a couple of weeks prior to the 2016 harvest). The first had an attractive lime leaf and citrus peel-scented bouquet. The palate is quite spicy on the entry with moderate weight, perhaps a little smudged towards the finish. A second vat showed a little more delineation and race in the mouth, whilst the third had just as much tension and felt more austere and clinical. A blend of the three is very promising.
  • Jacques Carillon 2015 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Champs Canet, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (90-92) (12/30/2016)

    The 2015 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Champ Canet, raised in 20% new oak, had a rather austere and aloof bouquet at the moment, cold stone, flinty scents reluctantly emerging with time. The palate is more expressive with fresh citrus lemon, lime and nectarine notes, a keen thread of acidity and commendable weight on the generous but overly heavy finish. Maybe some would describe this as a delicate Champ-Canet, but it is also classy and pure.
  • Jacques Carillon 2015 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Champs Canet, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (88-91) (9/10/2016)

    Subtle aromas of peach and spices, with hints of tropical fruits. In a fat, very ripe style but quite dry. With little obvious minerality this wine comes across as a bit heavy and lacking in distinction. Nicely concentrated but a touch bitter on the aftertaste. These vines yielded just 25 hectoliters per hectare owing to hail and drought stress.
  • Jacques Carillon 2015 Puligny-Montrachet AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 88 (9/21/2017)

    Peachy fruit dominates the nose. Lovely fruity, dry village wine with surprising energy. Leaner than I would have expected from the nose but boasts good precision. The slightly edgy finish displays good length. This wine has 4.1 grams per liter of acidity, according to Carillon.
  • Jacques Carillon 2015 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Champs Canet, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (9/21/2017)

    Very ripe peach oil and a hint of apricot on the nose, along with a sexy suggestion of leesy hazelnut. Not as sweet in the mouth as the nose suggests but offers excellent breadth and good grip. In a distinctly fruity phase at present, showing little sign of minerality, but firmer than it appeared to be last year from barrel. This wine, made from millerandé 42-year-old vines, has 3.9 grams per liter acidity, according to Carillon.
  • Jacques Carillon 2015 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Perrieres, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (9/21/2017)

    Very ripe peach on the nose. Nicely ripe but more taut than the Champs Canet, displaying less sweetness but greater stony energy. More classic than the Champs Canet in the context of the vintage, this wine finishes with firm saline minerality and a touch of positive bitterness. A serious 2015 for the cellar: this may well close down further. Carillon notes that this wine always benefits from five years of bottle aging and is typically at its best five to eight years after the vintage.
  • Jacques Carillon 2015 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Macherelles, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 89 (9/21/2017)

    Pear drop and white truffle aromas are complicated by a sexy note of musky lees. Fatter and sweeter than the Puligny villages and nicely balanced for early pleasure. Offers good texture and concentration but could use a bit more complexity. Pear and menthol flavors carry through to a slightly dry-edged finish.