2020 François Carillon Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy, France
ABOUT THIS WINE
This wine comes from four hectares of vines, spread over 8 different places: Derrière la Velle, Reuchaux, Corvée, Levrons, Aubues, Tremblots, Les Noyer Bret and Les Rousselles. This linear wine consists of a beautiful acidity that emphasizes and prolongs aromas of white peach with a long citrus finish.
To get the best grapes as possible, François is deeply committed to a precise and environmental-friendly approach to vine-growing. The vines are thus managed as naturally as possible.
Since 1992, weeds in all of their parcels of vines are removed by plowing by tractor or horse, and no weed-killer is used. The Head of Culture has been taking care of the same vines for almost 30 years, he has an exact knowledge of each parcel and can conduct specific actions so that the grapes can reflect precisely the terroir they grow on. Respect for the environment and living organisms is something François deeply believes in.
Only natural-origin products are used, and only when required. Moreover, instead of burning vine shoots as it is often the case in Burgundy, we process them into small chips, compost and spread them in the vines. Coupled with horse manure, they enrich the soil without using chemical fertilizers. The vineyard density is around 10000 vines per hectare, enabling them to extract plant food and water from the terroir of Puligny.
Pruning of the vine is performed manually ("Guyot” pruning) and yields are strictly controlled via disbudding as well as green harvesting. Grapes are harvested manually every year.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
The Carillon family domaine dates back to the 16th century. The winemaking tradition has been passed down from father to son since 1632, and possibly since 1520 as there is a Jehan Carillon mentioned in archives. The domaine was further extended when Louis married; his wife was from Chassagne-Montrachet. The couple's sons, Jacques and François, continued in the family tradition, with Jacques making the wines and François looking after the vines. In 2009, the brothers decided to separate the domaine. The 2009 vintage was the last under the shared domaine, and 2010 was the first vintage where the wine was made in separate cellars. Francois' wines are known for being silkier than his brother's. The range includes Premier Crus from Chassagne-Montrachet: Clos St. Jean and Chenevottes, great news for fans of this 'new' domaine.