Carillon - 1988-2011: Bienvenues, Puligny 1er Crus Referts & Perrières & More

Posted by Ian McFadden

Carillon: 1988-2011
Puligny 1er Crus Referts
& Perrières, & Puligny AC

Carillon's are magical White Burgundies.

What makes Carillon's wines so incredibly captivating is the way they combine regal grandeur with an almost fanatical rigor. The scale and complexity is just epic and yet, the proportions are so finely calibrated.

Today, I'm happy to offer an assortment of Carillon's top wines stretching from 1988-2011.

There is a humility to these wines, a cerebral quality, a certain restraint (despite their more Baroque forms) that keeps them out of the limelight.

Having said all that, these are some of our favorite White Burgundies. And we're not alone: nearly every time I'm poking around the cellar of serious Burgundy collectors I come across Carillon's wines right next to luminaries like, Coche, Roulot, Ramonet, etc.

No doubt, the older vintages on offer are sexy, but it's actually the 2011s that I'm the most excited about. I've been a huge fan of 2011 White Burgundies from the get go, but the wines are getting better and better with each passing month. My most recent bottles have been flat out stunning. And Carillon's 2011s are beautiful in their palate presence and mineral-laden finesse. Please note: these bottles are Domaine Jacques Carillon, not François Carilllon.

I want to keep this short, but I should mention the magnum of 2009 Puligny. 2009 is a great example of how the richness in of the vintage worked really well with Carillon's mineral, linear style to produce a really impressive wine. Burghound writes, "This lovely villages should offer several years of upside development." That hits the nail on the head.

I'm going to cut this short. Before doing so, I should mention that both '88 and '93 are really impressive, mineral and elegant vintages. This is to say that these are gorgeous bottles. I should also mention that these old bottles come with perfect provenance.

Like I mentioned earlier, these are Carillon's top wines. Carillon is never in good supply, especially his Bienvenues, which comes from a 0.1144ha parcel. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

To order, please email us at to this email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

Carillon: 1988-2011

Burghound: "Relatively strong reduction knocks down the nose but there is a fine sense of underlying tension and freshness to the ultra-precise mineral-driven middle weight flavors that terminate in a saline-infused and moderately austere finish. I very much like the drive and balance here and this should amply reward 5 to 8 years of cellar time."

Burghound: "An intensely floral nose displays hints of acacia blossom and rose petal along with hints of spice, citrus and pear. There is excellent volume and mid-palate density to the mouth coating and borderline opulent middle weight flavors that possess a seductive texture on the gorgeously persistent finish. As it almost always is, this is seriously impressive."

Burghound: "A notably ripe yet fresh nose of yellow orchard fruit and floral aromas trimmed in barely noticeable SO2 hints leads to rich, full and naturally sweet medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a delicious, complex and moderately dry finish. This lovely villages should offer several years of upside development."