Like many Burgundy lovers, we’ve long admired the exceptional purity and finesse of the Puligny-Montrachets from Louis Carillon...
When we heard that his son François had taken over part of the family estate, we jumped at the chance to visit and taste his wines. François has five hectares from his father, as well as 1.5 hectares acquired from a neighbour, which represent some of the finest parcels in the appellation. They include an impressive array of Premier Crus, the wines from which are modestly priced, given both their quality and rarity. François’ reds are from slightly lesser-known appellations, and offer excellent value compared with the big names of Burgundy.
François‘ Les Folatières comes from one parcel, which he farms using organic methods, with no chemical fertilizers or pesticides throughout the year. Vines are planted to a high density at an altitude of 260-280 metres above sea level and harvest is always by hand. The 2010 vintage saw a yield equivalent to 45 hectolitres per hectare on average.
Yields were down in 2010 due to a mild spring with unsettled weather during flowering as well as a very cold spell in December from which some vines never recovered. The first half of July was hot and dry but then the end of July and August were wet and cool. The north wind came in September and dried the grapes and they were brought into the wine in good health. The resulting wines are fresh, light with high levels of mouthwatering acidity. This is a vintage that can be cellared as well as enjoyed immediately.
The 2010 was fermented in 228 litre barrels for approximately 3 weeks at a temperature of 22°C maximum; no skin contact was used, to ensure that the extraction of phenolics was low, resulting in a delicate, finer style of wine. The wine was then aged for just under 12 months in barrel. François limited the amount of new oak used to 22%, allowing the fruit to shine through, although he varied the provenance of the barrels. He works closely with Taransaud, Seguin-Moreau, Mercurey and Chassin to ensure the finest grain oak is used. The individual barrels were then blended and left to age for another seven months before bottling on 29th March 2012.
This wine is characterised by its power and pure minerality. It marries richness and pure fruit aromas along with notes of sweet almonds and white flowers. The finish is clean and long.
|Region||Côte de Beaune, Burgundy|
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