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Domaine François Carillon is a Burgundy wine estate based in Puligny-Montrachet, focusing on wines made from Chardonnay. It was formed in 2010 when François and his brother Jacques decided to divide their father's estate, Domaine Louis Carillon, which had been regarded as one of the very finest in the village. The Carillon family's history in winegrowing in the area can be traced back to at least 1700.
The estate consists of around 6.5 hectares (16 acres) of vineyards, around three-quarters of which are in Puligny-Montrachet. This includes parcels in four Premier Cru vineyards, including in Les Champs Gains and Les Folatières, as well as a few precious rows of Chevalier Montrachet. Carillon also has plots in Chassagne-Montrachet and Saint-Aubin, as well as making Puligny-Montrachet village wine, and Bourgogne Rouge and Blanc wines.
François Carillon's cellars are situated in former family houses in the heart of Puligny village – they are not underground because of the region's high water table. The white wines are all made using the same methods, initially fermenting for four to six weeks, and then spending a year in barrel. Only the proportion of new oak (up to 25 percent) varies with each appellation.
AOC Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Bourgogne
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A more complex and much more floral-inflected nose reveals notes of citrus peel, spice, green apple and a whiff of oak toast. The denser if still quite seductively textured middle weight flavors possess an abundance of sappy dry extract that coats the palate on the lingering and equally complex finale. This isn't as elegant as it usually is but even so it offers fine quality for a villages level wine.