2009 Francois Carillon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Chenevottes" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1158908 Allen Meadows - Burghound

 I have explained in prior Issues, effective with the 2010 vintage brothers Jacques and François Carillon have officially divided what was Domaine Louis Carillon into two parts. Each brother will establish new operations and possess approximately 6 ha respectively. However, the composition of those 6 ha will not be the same. The villages level vineyards, the Perrières and the Macherelles will be split in half. François will retain all of the Combettes and Jacques will keep the Champ Canet, Referts and the crown jewel Bienvenues. There is some confusion over the 2009 vintage as wines were issued under two different labels bearing each of the brother's respective names. I have received emails asking what the differences might be between and in point of fact there are no differences other than of course the labels themselves. This is because the wines are exactly the same and thus for those who see 2009s bottled under the François Carillon label, they can use the reviews for the 2009 Jacques Carillon wines for guidance.

K&L Notes

From a vineyard that is relatively flat, and just across the road from the Grands Crus. For me, it is always one that has a fine and mineral-driven texture, but needs some time. I like it particularly well in riper vintages, such as 2009. Ready to drink and deilcious. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Specific Appellation:

Chassagne Montrachet

- A long, wandering village in the Côte de Beaune. Fortunately, what the workaday village lacks in charm, the wines more than make up for. Most famous for its white wines, which are lovely and delicate, Chassagne-Montrachet actually produces more red than white wine. It is one of the few places in the Côte D'Or where both red and white wines are produced from Premier Cru vineyards. The Grands Crus are Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet (both shared with the neighboring village of Puligny) and Criots Bâtard Montrachet.
Alcohol Content (%): 13