Louis Carillon Puligny-Montrachet 2008


The Carillon Puligny is on my must buy list every year. In 2008 it was a fuller style with richness and charm. It is the perfect time to start drinking them.

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One of the greats in Puligny: Louis Carillon. The wines here are about power, weight and depth. Acid drive and fruit ripeness is the key to the great Carillon Puligny style. Across the range from Village to Grand Cru you do well drinking the wines here. They are definitely wines that need time.Very hard to come by, but worth seeking out.

“(from 11 different parcels scattered about Puligny with an overall average vine age of approximately 35 years – aged in 15% new oak). A very fresh and ripe nose offers notes of white flower, citrus and pear that complement rich, naturally sweet and plump middle weight flavors that are racy, delicious, balanced and persistent. This is an excellent villages with plenty of verve.” 90 points www.burghound.com


The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.

Puligny Montrachet

Puligny Montrachet at its best is lean, structured, nervy but with an underlying and unforgettable power. This is my preferred appellation for white Burgundy.


The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.

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