2016 Domaine Jacques Carillon Puligny Montrachet (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1371956 90-91 points John Gilman

 I really like the stylistic variations of the three different cuvées of the 2016 Puligny AC that will eventually make up the final blend here, as each brings a different element to the compilation. The first tank is tight, long and very soil-driven, with lovely acids and impressive backend energy. The second cuvée is more expressive aromatically than the first, with loads of youthful yellow fruit tones to augment the apple and pear tones and tremendous depth at the core. The third part of the blend is the most powerful of the three, with fine shoulders and impressive cut and grip on the long finish. An approximation of the final blend shows lovely, ripe fruit tones, a fine base of chalky soil tones, spring flowers and just a bit of new oak. On the palate the blend is full, primary and rock solid at the core, with fine cut and grip and backend mineral signature. The wine should ultimately land in the 90-91+ range.  (11/2017)

89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A strikingly fresh and pretty nose combines notes of citrus, apple and acacia blossom. The rich, round and generously proportioned medium weight flavors possess a seductive mouth feel and subtle minerality before concluding in a sappy, focused and moderately firm finale. A quality Puligny villages. *Outstanding, Top Value*  (6/2018)

Decanter

 Jacques Carillon’s Puligny villages is shaping up nicely this year, with an expressive bouquet of citrus zest, white peach and nectarine. The wine is medium-full, moderately concentrated and elegant, with a glossy, open-knit personality. This was cropped at 50hl/ha - one wonders what it would have been like at 35hl/ha. Drinking Window 2018 - 2025. (WK)  (10/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Puligny Montrachet Village was tasted from three cuvées. The first has a taut, green apple and chalk dust-scented bouquet with moderate intensity. The palate is a little bitter on the entry, with fine weight in the mouth, although I would be seeking more tension and mineralité on the finish. The second? There are more minerals here in situ. It is simpler on the palate, though, with a slightly "fluffy" finish. The third was the best of the three with the most finesse on the nose and certainly the most tensile on the finish. Together they would appear to have similar quality to the 2015, and this is reflected in my score. (NM)  (12/2017)

Vinous

 Pale, bright yellow. Fruit-driven aromas and flavors of peach, apple and pear. Fine-grained, stylish village wine with decent fat and subtle sweetness. A bit soft but nicely balanced. (ST)  (9/2018)

K&L Notes

92 points Tim Atkin (MW): "No Tasting note given" (01/2018)


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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

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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.
Specific Appellation:

Puligny Montrachet

- Puligny is a village which has been called 'attractive, self-confident and unpretentious.' Some of the world's greatest dry white wines come from here. The Grands Crus of Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet, and Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet are on the southern edge, adjacent to the village of Chassagne. In Puligny, you can see the distinctly different soils which yield the different wines. The borders of the Grands Crus are anything but arbitrary, and the character of the wines form Puligny are distinct from Meursault to the north and Chassagne to the South. The vineyards closest to Meursault have thin soils, with slate and rock. Their wines are more delicate and minerally but no less lovely than the more powerful wines from the vineyards towards the Grands Crus.