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A 3rd visit at Comte George de Vogüé – 2015 vintage tasting

On our last day of visits in Burgundy with the intriguing and pleasant mission of evaluating the extraordinary vintage of 2015, a Friday the 25th of November, we met up with François Millet at domaine Comte George de Vogüé, as we usually do in the last past years every time we are in Burgundy. This is our 3rd visit here. The domaine has been around for a long time, actually since 1450, and the owners, Claire de Causans and Marie de Ladoucette, are the 20th generation of the family. François Millet was hired by them in 1986. He is a perfectionist and talks about young vines as “gifted teenagers but without any experience”. They are the largest owner in the best vineyard of Chambolle, the 10 ha large grand cru vineyard; Les Musigny. In addition, 0.62 ha within this vineyard is planted with chardonnay for a very interesting re-planting of the Musigny blanc, but it has not yet been released to the market. They need to reach at least 25 years of age before they are ready according to François. Their other grand crus are; Bonnes-Mares and the “should be grand cru” Les Amoureuses. In addition, four premiers crus of which these can be mentioned; Les Baudes (bordering the Bonnes-Mares in the east) and Les Fuées (Their plot is in the middle bordering the Bonnes-Mares in the south) where roots have an average age of 45 years. They work organically, but they are not extremist in any way. Rather traditional and meticulous.

The 2015 vintage

François explains that 2015 vintage has a overly fast bud break, one week of flowering and a warm June and July without any rains that reminds him of the long drought in 1976, but he agrees that it also shares some characteristics with 2005, maybe ’85, but the combination of richness, generosity and crispness is rare. A bit of rain in August, truly saved this vintage. They started harvest early on the 3rd of September. There were little juice in the berries, so it is rich and concentrated, but at the same time remarkably fresh, balanced and transparent. Certainly a unique combo of richness, balance and freshness. Personally, we see the richness of ’05, juicyness of ’09 with the freshness and remarkable balance of ’10. While trying to find words for its characteristics in terms of vntages is interesting and hard to resist, what is truly clear however, is that it is truly unique and rare.

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François Millet

The ever so philosophic François has an interesting way of using metaphors to explain each vintage and he describes the vintage like relaxing on a ship’s deck on a Sunny day. He continues, “The Bonnes-Mares is the forest above the big, deep lake of Musigny and the river to that lake is the Amoureuses”.

2015 Chambolle-Musigny – BARREL

Mainly from Les Porlottes (west of the Chambolle village close to the nearby forest), but also contains juice from Chambolle’s premiers crus Les Baudes (bordering the Bonnes-Mares in the east) and Les Fuées (Their plot is the middle bordering the Bonnes-Mares in the south) that have an average age of 45 years.

A bright and fragrant nose. Bright black fruit wrapped in some spices and really fresh, vibrant minerals. Surprisingly elegant, balanced and generous for a village. 91-92p/100

2015 Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru – BARREL

This wine is made exclusively of declassified grapes from young vines (<25 years of age) in grand cru Les Musigny. “The Musigny in short trousers.” as he emphasis.

A slow and fragrant nose. Black fruit, but also pomegranate. Some spices and newly cut ginger. Notes of cinnamon. Really fresh, balanced and packed with vibrant and quite intense minerals. Elegant, rich and just so fresh. 93-94p/100

2015 Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru Amoureuses – BARREL

Mainly planted in 1964, 1974 and 1976. Only 0.56 ha in here. Stoney topsoil on a bed of limestone. They did a second racking just one week prior to our visit.

Beautiful, sensual and fresh floral top notes and vibrant, intense minerals at the base. Fruit leans more to black currant than normal, but also red currant and pomegranate. All wrapped in an abundance of sensual and intense minerals that steers the wine. Newly cut ginger and white pepper. A very sensual, delicate and sappy wine with impressive precision and persistence. 95-96p/100

2015 Chambolle-Musigny grand cru Bonnes-Mares – BARREL

2.7 ha located in the south-east corner of which the oldest were planted in 1945. Stoney and thin top soil mainly in the red soil part of this vineyard with more clay and marls, but very little minerals. François says that this wine is a wild man wine that needs close contact, but he was very careful this time and punched the grapes much more gentle than usual and fewer times than usual to avoid too much extraction and keep the sappiness. He also adds that “everything in here is purple in almost every sense”.

A very deep purple colour. Forest, pine, morning dew, peony? and black-blue fruit. Very, very juicy, creamy and sappy. Some anise seeds and undervegetation. A deep, multilayered, very pure and expressive wine with impressive precision. 96p/100

2015 Chambolle-Musigny grand cru Musigny – BARREL

The domaine owns the massive amount of about 7.5 of 10 ha here of this great grand cru. The oldest vines were planted in 1956, but parts were re-planted in steps 1986-1997. The terroir is not that much different from the Amoureuses, but it always offer more authority and precision. François compares it to the big and deep lake on a great summers day with little wind. 30% new, medium-toasted oak.

Deep red-red purple colour. Aristocratic and elegantly slow, but intense floral with a noble sensuality. The palate is long and balanced with an ample mid-palate of generous, rich and very fresh fruit; mainly pomegranate, but also black currant and raspberries. Some ginger and integrated spices too. Super elegant, driven by truly vibrant minerals and with that special precision and depth to die for already. It will be truly exiting to wait for the release of this wine. 97-98p/100

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Frederik and François Millet

2005 Marshand-Tawse just shows theirs great development

Recently, several 2013 and 2014 bottling from Marchand-Tawse were released at the Swedish monopoly by curtsy of importer Vinitor AB. 2005 is a great vintage in Burgundy, but one that needs it time to come around for sure and for the crus, it is not yet prime time. This producer is biodynamic, conduct 100% destemming, five days cold soak, only one racking before bottling and they don’t use any new oak at all. This bottling was made from fruit from primarily better slopes in Pommard. Apparently, the latter bottling is a totally other blend.

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2005 Bourgogne “pinot noir”, Marchand-Tawse

This is a village blend that has just started to reveal typical Burgundy nuances e.g. sweet marzipan and obvious Asian spices. In addition a lot of compact red candy too and molasses. Nose is fine, but even though overly dominated by mandel icing and marzipan there are still complex notes that slips through.

On the palate, fruit is ripe, opulent and part of a creamy dessert wrapped in fine, complex minerals. It is delightful, but a little one-dimensional, simple and short. However, it is still an interesting village.

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Pinot Noir from three different countries

Some months ago we had a small Pinot Noir tasting including four wines from three different countries. The lineup included wines from New Zealand (Ata Rangi), two from classic Burgundy (Domaine Marquis d’Angerville, Louis Jadot) and Germany (Enderle & Moll). It was a focus on outstanding classic vintage of 2010, but in the german case we didn’t have one so here (unfairly) a 2014 was added to the bunch. At the end of the evening Domaine Marquis d’Angerville stod as a clear winner, but we where also reminded of how different expressions you can get from the Pinot Noir grape.

Tasting notes for the wines

Pinot Noir from Ata Rangi, Domaine Marquis d'Angerville, Enderle & Moll, Louis Jadot

2010 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir

A rather herbal expression on the nose, but also with peppers, alcohol, orange peel, under vegetation, blackberries and some oak.
Similar on the palate where the wine is rather heavy for a Pinot Noir and there is an oak bitterness to the finish.

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2010 Domaine Marquis d’Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Champans

Dense and rather dark fruit with blueberries, blackberries, oil paint and liquorice on the nose. These notes are then complemented with iron, dark minerals, floral notes and hints of marzipan on the palate. Good acidity that carries the rather dense palate and ensure a fresh and energetic expression.
The wine has great balance and good complexity.

93p

2014 Enderle & Moll Pinot Noir Buntsandstein

Extremely floral and full of raspberries but also some conserved cherries and a very slight barnyard smell. Mouthwatering fresh raspberries on the palate combined with a precise but careful acidity with a slight harshness in the finish. There is also a fine grained tannic structure.
This is a forward and expressive wine with lots of energy, but unfortunately it is also rather one dimensional. Great wine for the summer evenings.

91p

2010 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Theurons

There are rather sweet raspberry notes on the palate in the beginning but after a few hours there are also notes of darker fruit.
The body is rather slim, with a fresh acidic expression.

87p

Crisp and fresh 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin village from Groffier

A third whole bunches were put into the fermentor for this wine and it was raised in 25% new, lightly toasted wood.

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2013 Gevrey-Chambertin “Les Seuvrées”, Robert Groffier

A lovely but slow and subtle perfume of crushed stone, some morning dew, dry herbs, and most notably of all, underbrush. Texture is somewhat edgy, but it is the fresh, clean and saline acidity that stands out wrapping highly concentrated and slightly bitter fruit (mainly red currant, lingonberries and cranberries) stones, savoury notes, notes of pears and dry honey. The extra stems add structure and backbone in a very good way and it is quite persistent too. Could probably improve some in 4-5 years.

89-90p/100

Burgundy tasting 2013 vintage part 3 – A few more reds and final thoughts

This is the third and last post in our series from the Burgundy tasting at Otto Suenson in February. The previous can be found here and here.

2013 Fernand Lécheneaut et Fils (Philippe et Vincent) Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Les Charrieres

Initially the red fruit dominate but then some blackberries and blueberries appear. The palate is fresh but also slightly sourish with mainly young red fruit. The wine lacks some depth and complexity.

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2013 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots

Bright fruit dominate the nose together with some orange peel. The acidity starts great but ends with a slightly bitter expression. There are red currant, lemon and some iron notes on the palate together with a tannic structure.

This is interesting and good wine but it lacks some balance.

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2013 Mongeard-Mugneret Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Orveaux

Very earthy expression together with dark fruit and lemon notes. Sourish dark fruit, blueberries and black currant on the palate together with rather grippy tannins probably from the oak. This wine is more about power than elegance.

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2013 Bernard Dugat-Py Gevrey-Chambertin Les Evocelles Vieilles Vignes

Very masculine nose with an earthiness, meat and oak. Unfortunately there is a lack of fruit notes. Same style on the palate but we also find black berries and blue berries. There is an acidity but it fades rather quickly in the finish where we also find an abundance of oak.

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2013 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux

Brimming fruit notes, almond and ripe raspberries in this expressive and seductive nose.
Fine grained tannins but still with a grip. Acidity is good and includes some slight grape fruit notes. Long finish but unfortunately with a slight bitterness. Complex and expressive wine.

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2013 Coquard-Loison-Fleurot Echezeaux

Dense and complex nose with red and dark fruit, some mushrooms and orange peels. Rather soft but precise acidity and some silky tannins. Great wine but unfortunately some oak that masks the personality.

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2013 Maison Bertrand Ambroise Clos Vougeot

Dense nose with red and dark fruit, oranges and iron. Fantastic palate again with iron, oranges and some ripe berries. The wine has a rather soft expression on acidity and tannins and the finish is short and slightly sweet.

I would have hoped for more attitude and personality on this otherwise good wine.

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Final comments

This tasting confirmed how different the 2013 vintage can be depending on decisions made at the Domaine. At the end of the day we both walked away from the tasting with a couple of bottles from Tollot-Beaut and Leflaive, two producers who delivered fantastic wines in this challenging vintage.

Burgundy tasting 2013 vintage part 2 – The reds

This is part two of our notes from the tasting of 2013 Burgundy at Otto Suenson. We now move over to the reds, which are split into two sections. To read our previous post where we also make a short comment about the 2013 vintage, click here.

2013 Benjamin Leroux Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Hauts Jarrons

Fresh and almost sourish red berries with lots is cherries but also hints of marzipan. Very attractive and vibrant nose. The acidity is not very precise but has good energy. Some young red fruit is well integrated with the acidity.

Not very complex but definitely a fresh and intense wine.

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2013 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Boudriotte Rouge

A rather simple but elegant nose dominated by young cherries. Very precise acidity, minerals and mouthwatering but almost too young red fruit resulting in a slim body.

Fresh but rather simple wine that could develop with time.

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2013 Domaine Joblot Givry 1er Cru Clos de la Servoisine

Generous, intense and forward nose with both dark and red fruit. The wine has a clear acidic bite and a rather tannic structure for a Pinot. Blueberries, young cranberries and under vegetation.

Lacks some depth on the palate to balance the acidity and tannins.

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2013 Domaine Tollot-Beaut Corton-Bressandes

Very fragrant nose with perfume, fresh berries and some almond. There is a great balance between the vibrant acidity, the brimming red fruit and the velvety tannic structure. Some oak notes appear in the finish.

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2013 Domaine Ponsot Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes

Initially a rather careful nose but then some bright red fruit appear together with notes of grape fruit. Juicy young acidity with lemon notes. Cranberries and some other red fruit in this rather tight palate.

The wine has great precision but will need much more time to develop.

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2013 Hubert Lignier Gevrey-Chambertin

Generous nose with both red and dark fruit and some dark minerals. Acidity is energetic and precise and complemented with some fresh fruit notes also including darker fruit like black berries.

This is a precise but not very complex wine.

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Burgundy tasting 2013 vintage part 1 – The whites

In February we attended the yearly Burgundy wine tasting at the Danish importer, Otto Suenson, offering a great selection of Burgundy wines. The tasting was focused on the 2013 vintage.

2013 was the another tough year for the Burgundy estates requiring very active work in the vineyards and hard selection to render a successful result. Some areas, especially Savigny, Volnay and Pommard, was hit hard by hailstorms, resulting in very super-low yields and many vignerons were down on their knees with extremely low crop. In addition, the very important flowering was late too. In general the season was cold with august as the only exception, and as a result ripeness was an issue and several producers had to make the decision of harvesting slightly unripe berries or rot ones. As a consequence, most producers had to use chaptalisation. This has resulted in wines with a high level of acidity, a rather slim body and in some cases tougher and less ripened tannins. In one of the somewhat spared areas e.g. Chambolle, Francois Millet of domaine de Vogüé labled 2013 the ‘rebel’ vintage, but not the pretty one.

2013 Domaine Ramonet Bouzeron (Aligoté)

Slim nose with lemon, apples, tropical fruit, white flower and flint. Rather slim but with great acidity and minerals.
The wine lacks some depth but has great precision and elegance.

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2013 Olivier Merlin Mâcon La Roche-Vineuse Vieilles Vignes

Fruity nose with rather ripe apples, pears and plums. Rather soft palate with fruity flavors. The acidity stays in the background and is soft.

This is a gentle and fruit based wine that lacks some energy.

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2013 Benjamin Leroux Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien

Initially we mainly get oak and smoke on the nose, but then some tropical fruit, lemon and minerals appear.Grippy and citric acidity that still remains rather careful. There are clear notes of oak that dominates over the fruit.

The wine lacks freshness and energy but has some depth and complexity.

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2013 Paul Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets

Fruit and minerals dominate this well balanced nose. There are apricot, oranges, plums, nuts and some toasted oak on both the nose and the palate. The acidity is juicy and rather soft.

I consider the nose better than the palate that lacks some elegance.

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2013 Domaine Jacques Prieur Meursault 1er Cru Santenots

An abundance of hazelnut, butter, apricot and plums on this round and generous nose. Dense palate with ripe fruit, plums and a juicy but too careful acidity.

Generous and likable wine that would work good with food.

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2013 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon

Amazingly elegant nose with lime, lychee, nectarines and white flower. The acidity is vibrant and precise. On the palate we get more exotic fruit with mainly pineapple and in the finish some careful oak notes appear.

Very pure and elegant wine with great balance and a rather long finish.

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A 2009 Amoureuses from a detail-focused fan of gravity in Volnay

Now, we are back after the x-mas holidays!

Mr Patrick Landanger, with a background of running a family business of developing surgical equipment with several inventions of his own, is the producer of the wine this time. If you pay him a visit, you’ll notice several inventions, e.g. the glass constuction on each barrel used when topping them.

Like many other vignerons in Burgundy, he employs cold soak for a few days, in his case, seven and then 21 days of maceration on the skins. The grape juice is raised in 30% new oak for 18 months on the lees without batonage and Mr Landanger is a big fan of gravity and thus avoids any side-effects from pumping. He pays attention to the moon calendar, but thinks biodynamics is too religious. The roots in his parcels in this great vineyard are quite young; replanted in 1976 and 1977 and they were acquired in 2008 when Daniel Moine was selling out. This bottle is the very first bottling of Amoureuses under the Domaine de la Pousse d’Or’s label. The vineyard was according to rumours in very bad shape when Patrick took over.

DSC046662009 Les Amoureuses 1er cru, Domaine de la Pousse d’Or

Colour is transparent, red orange with typical pink-orange edges. However. less pink than usual and very beautiful indeed. Hence, a little more blood orange than pink almost like a nebbiolo wine. 🙂

A nose of immediate popcorn, newly cut ginger and subtle notes of cardamom. The vineyards recognisable, seductive and hedonistic inner perfume emerges extremely slowly after two hours in waves. After another two hours, newly cut rose petals and white lilies appear as top notes as well as grape-peel and the sought-after morning-dew on gravel.

On the palate, the red fruit is clean, pure and dominated by wild strawberries, but also red currant and ginger as well in the anorectic building body with quite long and somewhat elegant finish. However, oak is a little dominating yet. Acidity is fresh, cool, but except from grape-peel, it wraps overly saline crystalline minerals; almost salty and a little bitter. Unfortunately, it is a little diluted too, but precision is here and elegancy. Texture is soft, but still spurs too much in the cheeks and needs much more time.

It certainly lacks concentration, is overly saline and a little bitter, but still it offers the elegancy and perfume from this sacred and wonderful vineyard with some precision. Since this is the first wine Patrick produced, most likely quality will improve and we need to try upcoming vintages. Open in 2019.

92-93p/100

 

A fantastic Pommard from Nicolas Rossignol

Nicolas Rossignol is one of the most interesting producers when it comes to Volnay and Pommard. You can read more about our visit with him here.

During the years we have had our ups and downs with Nicolas but we love his energy and excitement and when at his best he produces fantastic wines, sometimes from vineyards traditionally overlooked or with less reputation.

Nicolas Rossignol Chaponnières
2010 Nicolas Rossignol, Pommard 1er cru “Chaponnières”

Generous, deep and quite creamy nose with succulent purple fruit, cherries, plums, ripe strawberries, stable, hints of oak and some ethereal aromas.

The taste is dominated by red fruit, but we also find black pepper, herbs and some raisin sweetness. There are clear “Pommard muscles” with its prominent tannic structure, but texture is pleasantly soft and fine grained. The acidity is a bit sharp, but it also adds some attitude to the wine.
This is not the most elegant wine, but it is has a fantastic generosity, a mouthwatering fruitiness and good complexity.

The second day the wine shows more personality and is even more approachable, generous, but still quite powerful and round.

94p/100

A visit to Domaine Jacques Carillon in 2015: A passionate winemaker of amazing precision

The Carilion family has a very long history as a top domaine in Puligny Montrachet, but always a little under the radar. Their family trace back to early 16th Century. Since 2010 the two brothers split the vineyards of their father, so now there are two Carillion domaines; one headed by Jacques Carillion and the other by his brother Francois Carillion just next door. We have previously met a couple of times with Francois, but this was our first visit with Jacques.

Unfortunately our lacking language skills made the dialog quite basic, but Jacques found ways to get across the most important information. Jacques is a rather careful and very polite man but when we talk about his wines and the vineyards a spark is lit and he gets very engaged.

In short, their main focus is on the work in the 5,5 ha vineyards where they are inspired by organic methods, but they have not taken the step to a full implementation and certification. They prune short in winter, green harvest is used when necessary and they cut their vines rather high to give them more sun to render more energy into the grapes. In general Jacques is careful with the usage of new oak, only 15-20% which is less than his brother and lightly toasted, since he wants the wines to convey the terroir and vintage and just enhance and round off the grape juice. He ages the wines for one year on the lees. Except for making honest wines that reflect its origins, he likes his wine to be about deep minerality and body. For the latter he does some batonage, but very, very carefully.

Wines tasted

2013 Domaine Jacques Carillon “village”, Puligny-Montrachet – Barrel

Very pure and fresh expression on this wine that feels classic for the region. Very crisp and with lots of minerals but also a precise and energetic acidity. Some white flower and young fruit show up after a while.

This is a precise and pretty wine for a village level.

88p/100

2013 Domaine Jacques Carillon 1er cru “Les Champs Canet”, Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru – Barrel

Their vines are mid slope in the vineyard. 20 % new oak on the lees.

The wine is extremely floral with lilies, white flowers but also fresh notes of gooseberries. There is a burst of freshness from an amazing acidity with notes for lime, gooseberries and lemon. Lots of minerals and texture is creamy and thick. A very fresh and precise wine with medium full body. Quite persistent too.

90-91p/100

2013 Domaine Jacques Carillon 1er cru Les Pèrrieres, Puligny-Montrachet – Barrel

Andreas:

Very precise and fresh nose with citrus, tropical fruit, mainly passion fruit, amazingly minerals and, after a while, a beautiful perfume. The palate is infused with minerals and has a juicy lime acidity to carry the quite dense multi layered fruit.

The wine is all about finesse and precision but also has a quite generous side to it.

93p/100

Sir Galahad:

On the nose, elegant perfume, citrus shells. Fine, fresh water-stains of delicate minerals.

Very fine structure and impressive precision. Chalk and mineral embedded citrus and passion fruit with really good precision and purity. Starts off narrow but with a distinct direction and then half way, it fires off its aromas and nectar in the very pure and persistent finish.

94-95p/100

2013 Domaine Jacques Carillon 1er cru “Les Referts”, Puligny-Montrachet – Barrel

Expressive and generous nose with an abundance of ripe tropical fruit, but with less citrus. A fresh expression from minerals in a very subtle and clean.  Just dive into the nose.

On the palate there is a soft but fresh acidity combined with an abundance of mineral-coated passion fruit and burned almonds. Fruit is dense and juicy but never too heavy. In the end we get a long and broad finish.

This is a wine that does not hold back its generosity, but still manages to stay focused with high concentration. Some resemblance to the fleshiness in Mersault in here too. Very good.

93p/100

2013 Domaine Jacques Carillon 1er cru “Les Macherelles”, Chassagne-Montrachet – Barrel

Andreas:

Extremely pure and almost a bit watery with fresh nectarines and a splash of lime. The minerals cannot be held back from this wine and the acidity is very delicate and precise. A beautiful and quite laid back and sensual wine with a precise and quite citric finish which closes down the experience perfectly.

92p/100

Sir Galahad:

Fresh perfume of nectarines. Some chablis resemblance to the minerality. A very delicate and fresh nose indeed.

Some nettles, an abundance of ripe lime fruit, chess nut and passion fruit. Packed with a variety of fresh aromas embedded in a thin layer of chalky minerals as well as great, crisp acidity and impressive precision.

94p/100

2013 Domaine Jacques Carillon Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru – Barrel

One barrel only. Normally two.

In the beginning the nose is quite light and delicate but still quite expressive and it opened up after a while in the glass. Hints of beeswax, nuts, dried honey and some white flower in a complex and elegant nose.

The palate is more expressive and shows dense fruit, fresh and vibrant minerals and a quite citric and fresh acidity. Lime-infused aromas of passion fruit, honey and gooseberries dominate the palate. The minerals stays in a long energetic finish together with some lime notes. Unexpectedly, the precision here is not as good as in Les Pèrriers. Might be that it requires more time.

94-95p/100

2012 Domaine Jacques Carillon “Village”, Puligny-Montrachet

This is a quite fleshy and voluptuous wine with pineapple, bananas and white flower on both nose and palate. A quite soft acidity carries the fruit just enough to keep some energy and freshness.

Very accessible already and should not be saved for long. Hard not to like this flirtations wine.

88p/100

2012 Domaine Jacques Carillon 1er cru “Les Pèrrieres”, Puligny-Montrachet

Very accessible wine with an abundance of fruit, mainly tropical, and some slight beeswax and nuts. The wine does not have the minerals and details of the 2013. On the palate this is a generous and seductive wine and the quite dense fruit is saved by a fresh acidity. Anyone would enjoy this wine and there is lots to find on the palate that leans to a tone of champagne.

92+p/100

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Andreas and Jacques

Summary

The wines of Jacques Carillion are all about precision and a crisp expression with an obvious transparency of the very unique terroir in Puligny-Montrâchet, site variation among crus and each vintage. You never find any oak contributions in Jacques wines and it takes a fleshy vintage to get some more round notes. We sometimes lack a little complexity for absolute top scores but the average level is certainly high. Surprisingly, the 1er cru Les Pèrriers outshined the grand cru  Bâtard-Montrâchet in the 2013 vintage in terms of precision and elegance, at least at this tasting. It also has to be said that this was the first time we tried the wines from Jacques Carillion and it definitely sparked an interest and confirmed that this is a producer worth following closely. Like his brother, both show how the greatest whites of chardonnay truly thrives in complex soil packed with lime stone.