Louis Carillon Puligny-Montrachet 2009


2009 was a great vintage in Burgundy. There is going to be a lot to love about this Carillon Puligny-Montrachet from 2009.

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One of the greats in Puligny-Montrachet: Louis Carillon. The wines here are about power, weight and depth. Acid drive and fruit ripeness is the key to their great 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.

“A notably ripe yet fresh nose of yellow orchard fruit and floral aromas leads to rich, full and naturally sweet medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a delicious, complex and moderately dry finish. This should offer several years of upside development.” 87-90 points Allen Meadows – Burghound (2/2011)


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 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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