2012 Puligny Montrachet Francois Carillon

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Average critic rating : 87.5 points



A cool and restrained nose offers up an airy blend of floral, citrus and white orchard fruit aromas where apple is particularly prominent. There is good richness and an attractive texture to the middle weight flavors that exude a fine minerality on the moderately lengthy finish. This offers good if not truly distinguished quality for its level and is sufficiently forward that it should drink well shortly after release. Tasted: Jun 15, 2014. Drink: 2016+



The 2012 Puligny-Montrachet Village comes from the domaine’s own vineyards: 11 parcels scattered within the ambit of the village and this year it includes fruit from their vines in Les Enseigneres, which was damaged by hail. The bouquet is taut and linear with scents of cold limestone and a touch of apple blossom. It is nicely defined and just needs to muster a little more vigor. The palate is better than the nose with a keen line of acidity, plenty of mineral, green citrus fruit that cruises on the entry but then fans out nicely, finishing with more persistency than the nose would suggest. Fine. ||Straight after visiting his brother Jacques, I crossed the road to visit Domaine Francois Carillon. Francois began working with his father Louis at the domaine in 1988. While Jacques only sources fruit from his own vines, Francois’s modus operandi is slightly different since, as well as his own share of inherited vines, he vinifies fruit from contracted growers. He adopts a prudent approach to oak, adamantly stating that he never uses more than 25% and he did not purchase any new wood in 2012. His was a decent set of 2012s, although in this vintage they did not quite achieve the rarefied heights of his brother’s portfolio that generally demonstrated more precision and mineralite. eRobertParker.com.December, 2013


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