2001 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Louis Carillon

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Average critic rating : 91.5 points



A measly forty-two bottles of the Bienvenue-Batard-Montrachet are allocated annually to the United States, 24 to Vineyard Brands and 18 to Neal Rosenthal. The 2001 displays aromas of minerals, spices, and green apples. This light to medium-bodied, gorgeously defined effort is satin-textured, and exhibits superb clarity of flavor. Spices and pears can be detected in its youthfully tight personality as well as throughout its exceptionally long finish. Unlike the overwhelming majority of 2001s, this wine will require cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2016.||To Jacques Carillon, this estate’s winemaker, “the 2001s are wines of richness and fat, with round personalities and excellent balance. They have a great deal in common with the 2000s.” This highly-respected estate’s winemaking philosophies include leaving the wines to ferment on their lees for a year in barrel, then racking them with only the finest lees into stainless steel vats in the August following the harvest. Six months later, in February, the wines are fined, then racked again in March before being filtered and bottled. The estate’s village offering has a slightly shorter elevage, and is bottled in January. Wine Advocate.June, 2003

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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