Puligny Benchmark:
2016 Jacques Carillon Puligny-Montrachet

Posted by Ian McFadden

Nearly every time I'm poking around the cellar of a serious Burgundy collector, I come across Carillon's wines right next to luminaries like Coche, Roulot, Ramonet, etc.

The wines of Jacques Carillon may keep a lower profile than some others in Burgundy, but they are no joke. You'd be hard pressed to find Burgundies as carefully crafted as Carillon's.

These are some of our favorite expressions of white Burgundy. We have a particular soft spot for Carillon's Puligny Villages. Regardless of the vintage, the Puligny serves as a perfect summary of Carillon's style and seriously overachieves for the category.

From my tastings, Puligny has struck me as the most successful village for white wine in 2016. Carillon’s Puligny stands out for its startling concentration and mineral grip that highlight the low yielding vintage. The mingling of power, length and finesse is impressive. As with all Carillon, you get a unique combination of class, subtlety and complexity that makes the wines so magical.

Carillon's Puligny has a rigor that makes it absolutely beautiful after 5-10 years of age. With time in the cellar, an incredible amount of nuance is teased out - earth, citrus, yellow fruits, stony minerality, and spice.

This is a wine that we devote a lot of energy into finding. It's one of the villages Burgundies that I personally stock up on every vintage. In the short 2016 vintage, we saw a lot fewer bottles than we have in the past. It's best to jump on this.

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Ian McFadden

Director, Fine and Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits