This is good wine. This is a great value.
Domaine François Carillon is a new endeavor with old roots, launched in 2010 with the split of Domaine Louis Carillon by his sons Jacques and François. Jacques continued the longstanding relationship with importer Neal Rosenthal, and François went with Danny Haas of Vineyard Brands. Or at least that’s the way I understood it.
The 2011 Bourgogne, I believe, is now 100% estate fruit, sourced from three different vineyard sites in Puligny and Meursault. That’s a plus right there, which is good, because these wines have big shoes to fill after the 2010 vintage. It does that, it really is a lot better than the run of the mill Bourgogne Blanc. There is complexity and focus, minerality and florality, and a understated drive and creaminess to the fruit quality. Smartly fermented in oak, none new.
Keep your eyes open for these wines, and wines from the Vineyard Brands portfolio in general. I got to try the 2011 Carillon ‘Les Champs Gains’, a premier cru vineyard in Puligny-Montrachet, the other day. It was impressive, buuuut at 5 times the price, the Bourgogne is what came home in the end.