Jacques Carillon, Puligny Montrachet 2019

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This is what Puligny is all about. Poised, complex and fine, with a great balance of nutty, honeyed fruit, richness and crisp acidity. Just a whisper of oak in evidence at this stage. Jacques has long been a master at making Puligny for the purist, and this 2015 - from a number of plots around the village - is no exception.

The Carillon family can trace their winemaking roots in Puligny back to the 16th Century. Until very recently the domaine was known as Louis Carillon, but in 2010 this was split between sons Jacques and Francois. As is the family way, Jacques continues to work in a near-organic fashion, avoiding chemicals and carrying out all work in the vineyard by hand. The style is classic and understated and his wines move quite seamlessly in line with his family tradition of creating age-worthy wines which reflect the character of the land. The average age of these vines is 35 years. 15% new oak is used and the wines are racked into stainless steel for an additional six months before being bottled with a delicate fining and light filtration.

"A very fresh, clean and pure nose of ripe pear, white peach and floral aromas introduces rich, delicious and solidly well-concentrated flavors that culminate in a racy, detailed and lightly mineral-inflected finish. I very much like the underlying sense of tension here as well as the fine balance. A lovely villages that should reward 6 to 8 years of cellar time." - 89-91 Pts Allen Meadows - Burghound