2005 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Louis Carillon

For the influential Allen Meadows to call this one of the stars of a vintage from a year as special as 2005 marks it out as a top white Burgundy not to be missed. The vines of Bienvenues in the great years make wines that are rich and complex while also graceful and elegant. They have an accessibility which often makes them approachable while examples from the surrounding sites are still closed.


Thanks to the near perfect way that the wines are structured, there is huge demand for 2005 Burgundy. This “seriously impressive” effort is made from very low yielding 45 year old vines which offer incredible levels of depth, complexity and concentration.

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Average critic rating : 94.0 points



A distinctly different aromatic profile of slightly mentholated notes accompanied by honeysuckle, citrus and white rose petal aromas trimmed in a deft touch of wood toast that merge into rich, full and unusually powerful broad-shouldered flavors that are also on the understated side despite the size and weight. This is a seriously impressive effort and one of the stars of the vintage. Don't miss it!

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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