2015 Domaine Jacques Carillon Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Champ Canet"

SKU #1403130 93 points Vinous

 The 2015 Puligny-Montrachet Champ Canet 1er Cru displays more tropes of the warm growing season than the Champ Canet from Sauzet: brushes of dried mango, honeysuckle and a touch of beeswax. The palate is balanced, with a pleasant saltiness on the entry allied with a pleasing nuttiness that becomes more prominent toward the finish. This has cohesion and length, and quite a sophisticated finish that belies the tropically tinged nose. I would give this two or three years in bottle because I suspect it will turn into an excellent Champ Canet. Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting. (NM)  (11/2018)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A more elegant nose offers up wisps of citrus and spice that add breadth to the pear, apple, white flower and lemon rind scents. There is a highly seductive mouth feel to the sappy and succulent medium-bodied flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality on the balanced and caressing finish. This moderately powerful effort should also drink well young but I would be inclined to allow at least it 5+ years of cellaring first. *Outstanding*  (6/2018)

92 points John Gilman

 It had been a year since I last tasted the 2015s from Jacques Carillon and the wines showed very nicely and quite as expected. The Champs Canet offers up a lovely nose of apple, white peach, pastry cream, beeswax, chalky soil tones and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, long and a bit closed down from its spring bottling, with a fine core, very good acids for the vintage and impressive length and grip on the nascently complex finish. This needs a few years to blossom. (Drink between 2021-2045)  (1/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Jacques Carillon's 2015 Pulingy Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Canet has lost none of its typical elegance in the 2015 vintage, wafting from the glass with a pure and classic bouquet of lemon oil and preserved lemon, white flowers, chalky soil tones and a subtle framing of new oak. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, cool and tensile, with nice depth and concentration and a chalky, bright finish. (WK)  (4/2018)

Decanter

 Putty nose, not so obviously fruity as the village 2015. Clean and crisp and very bright fruited. Lovely balance with quite enough acidity. Very long. Showed very well. (WK)  (10/2017)


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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.