Domaine Jacques Carillon 2018 Puligny-Montrachet AOC
Item Number: 14511
Sub Region: Cote de Beaune
Appellation/AVA: Puligny-Montrachet AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Jacques’ Puligny-Montrachet comes from eleven small parcels in seven different lieux-dits scattered throughout the appellation, with vines averaging 40 years of age. Jacques operates on a six-year barrel rotation for his villages level wines, and the modest 15% new oak allows the limestone essence typical in Carillon to shine through. The palate is lean and quite long, showing youthful verve and a stern minerality that will repay a few years of cellaring.
Vintage Notes: The 2018 vintage was warm and solar, even by today’s post-climate-change standards. A mild winter led to an early budbreak, but ample rain the first few months of the year raised the water table and helped vines weather the growing season’s hydric stress. Jacques began picking on the 28th of August, and he describes the 2018s as akin to 2015, but with even more richness. Given his razor-sharp style, he was well-equipped to render a collection of 2018s that still possess salinity and tension, even if they are slightly less mineral-driven than the prior couple of vintages. Also, although 2018 marks the first vintage in which Jacques did not produce a Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Macherelles—the parcel went to his brother Francois as a final resolution of their inheritances from Louis—it was a mercifully bountiful harvest, with the most quantities produced at the domaine since 2009. Jacques believes these luscious 2018s are in fact drinking better in their youth than the 2017s. Those considering checking in on the wines early on are encouraged to aerate them, due to the aforementioned notable levels of free sulfur (50mg/L) Jacques employs.
Vintage Notes by Wine Advocate 1/9/2020: "Jacques Carillon began his harvest on August 25th, and he has produced a very charming range of wines. The 2018 vintage at this address is somewhat reminiscent of the Carillon 2015s—with a touch less density and concentration—and it is likely to drink well out of the gates...Winemaking chez Jacques is simple: the grapes are harvested by hand, pneumatically pressed, fermented and matured in barrel for a year, before being racked to tank for a further six months' élevage. Neither smoke nor mirrors, just classic white Burgundy."