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Average critic rating : 93.0 points
The Carillons consistently craft one of the finest Bienvenue-Batard-Montrachets. Only 580 bottles of the outstanding 1997 were produced (average production is usually 600 to 750 bottles). This talcum powder, tropical fruit, stone, and chalk-scented beauty has admirable richness and balance. It is tightly wound and austere, yet powerful, packed with dense layers of minerals and faint hints of candied lemons that linger throughout its extensive finish. I was blown away by its combination of precision and super-ripe qualities. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2006+. Incidentally, I was served a bottle of the 1996 Bienvenue-Batard-Montrachet (rated 96) at a tasting in mid-1998 and believe it to be the finest wine from this vineyard I have ever put to my lips. Sadly, I was told that only two cases came to the United States. Wine Advocate.February, 1999
A Domaine Carillon" has existed since 1502 however this specific family estate - Louis Carillon and Sons - of 11 hectares was created in 1981. Jacques and François Carillon are the current joint managers however note that from 2010, they are both setting up their own respective domains with seperate production to be called Jacques Carillon and Domain François Carillon. The wines of Louis Carillon focus on "lutte raisonee" in the vineyard and in the cellars they start with cold maceration, then once fermented go into oak barrels on their lees for 1 year, then 6 months to settle in stainless steel. 15 to 20% of oak barrels are new each year. Although they make mainly whites there are red wines from Saint-Aubin, Les Pitangerets, Chassagne- Montrachet and Mercurey.
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