2011 Francois Carillon Puligny Montrachet
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $54.94 (reg. $69.94)
Today’s offer is just the sort of white wine we love to discover leading up to the holiday season: a perfectly aged Puligny-Montrachet from one of the region’s top domaines, at a surprisingly reasonable price. From Domaine Francois Carillon, this 2011 white Burgundy is at its peak and is begging to be enjoyed over the holidays. With balanced oak, and an exceptionally experienced hand in the vineyard, this is a classically made Puligny-Montrachet that is "very easy to like" (JR).
The youngest generation in Burgundy often has some pretty big shoes to fill, and Francois Carillon may have the biggest. His grandfather Louis Carillon’s Puligny-Montrachet based domaine was legendary for exquisite white Burgundies and saner pricing than his peers. Fortunately, grandson Francois Carillon trained at his grandfather’s knee, and as winemaker for the original estate, most agreed the family reputation was safe with him. The Wine Advocate wrote highly of Francois’ solo efforts: “I was very impressed with what I tasted, but, and perhaps even more importantly, deeply struck by the attention to detail, especially in the vineyards.”
Stephen Tanzer notes that the 2011 white Burgundy’s have "turned out to be an elegant and attractive set of wines" while Antonio Galloni writes that "Puligny is the clear overachiever" of the vintage. At six years old, this Chardonnay is in a perfect spot for enjoyment over the holiday season, though the components are there for further aging. Cheers!