Domaine Jacques Carillon

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


Domaine Jacques Carillon 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Macherelles, AOC Login WA (88-90)+ AG (89-91) BH 90-93 In Stock
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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 4/2018
"Revisiting Jacques Carillon's 2015s from bottle was a pleasure, as the vintage has meshed well with the domaine's understated, elegant style. The wines handle the warmth of the year better as one ascends the appellation hierarchy, the high points being an authoritative Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet and lovely 1er crus from Perrières and Réferts, the latter seemingly having the edge this year. The lower appellations are more sun-kissed in style and seem adapted to near-term enjoyment."

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 malolactics 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."


  • Jacques Carillon 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Macherelles, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (88-90)+ (1/4/2019)

    The 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Macherelles offers up aromas of minty pear and subtle new oak, followed by a medium-bodied, stony, palate that's both more concentrated and more reserved than the Chassagne-Montrachet Village that preceded it, concluding with a chalky finish.
  • Jacques Carillon 2017 Puligny-Montrachet AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (89-91) (1/4/2019)

    Carillon had racked his 2017 Puligny-Montrachet Village into three tanks before bottling, and all three were both promising and complementary, displaying notes of citrus pith, white flowers, fresh peach and crisp green apple. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, satiny and tangy, with an appealing alliance of tension and volume. An excellent Puligny in the making.
  • Jacques Carillon 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Macherelles, AOC
    Rating: (89-91) (9/1/2018)

    Ripe, fruit-driven aromas of pineapple and peach. Much richer and more harmonious than the basic village Chassagne from young vines, with the wine's fat nicely framed by ripe acidity and lemony cut. The note of pineapple carries through the palate of this fruit bomb. Finishes firmly mineral, with a floral note and excellent rising length. These vines on deep soil suffered less from the dry conditions in 2017 than did Carillon's vines in Champs Canet. A very promising vintage for this cuvée.
  • Jacques Carillon 2017 Puligny-Montrachet AOC
    Rating: (87-89) (9/1/2018)

    Exuberant aromas of peach, menthol and nutty oak. Broad, rich and savory, with its sweet peach and butter flavors leavened by an element of salinity. In a distinctly gentle style, with noteworthy gras but no lack of energy. This persistent village wine will give pleasure early.
  • Jacques Carillon 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Macherelles, AOC
    Rating: 90-93 (6/10/2019)

    A smoky resin and petrol-inflected nose is also trimmed in just enough wood influence on merit mentioning. The delicious and racy medium weight flavors are almost painfully intense with excellent delineation while exhibiting fine length on the chiseled finish. This is unusually good for the vineyard and worth checking out.
  • Jacques Carillon 2017 Puligny-Montrachet AOC
    Rating: 89-92 (6/10/2019)

    A pure, elegant and airy nose combines notes of lemongrass, acacia, green apple and soft spice wisps. The beautifully well-detailed, intense and vibrant medium-bodied flavors possess very good mid-palate density before concluding in a saline, stony and impressively persistent finish. This is an excellent Puligny villages.