Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Trip to France (Bourgogne-Spring 2010)...Visit to Louis Carillon

Less than a quarter-mile walk from Olivier Leflaive, there is Louis Carillon, who is one of the most respected domaines of Puligny-Montrachet. Contrary to Olivier Leflaive where we just came from, Louis Carillon is a very small producer with a short but amazing line-up. The history of the family's wine-making dates back to 16th century.

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Jacques Carillon met with us in front of the domaine and took us to their small cave for a barrel tasting.

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Since their production is small, Carillon's wines are not widely distributed in the US, but I've been always so impressed by their very terroir-oriented wines. It was such a special occasion to taste their new wines side-by-side and hear the stories from Jacques himself. He is such a sweet person.

Some of his 2009 wines were still unfinished malolactic fermentation, yet you could already taste how great the wine would be when it's bottled next year. We also tasted 2008 vintages. Puligny-Montrached 1er Cru, "Les Perrieres" was especially so outstanding and my heart melted.