DOMAINE FRANÇOIS CARILLON
BURGUNDY, FRANCE 2020
Maybe you think white wines aren’t your thing. That you’re a red lover through and through, and that there simply aren’t a lot of whites worth getting excited about, let alone dropping some coin on.
I get it, I do. But let me just submit that, if ever there were a label to entice you to get more serious about white wine, it’s François Carillon.
These are white wines of beauty, soul, and finesse. White wines of uncommon craftsmanship, built to sip in deepest contemplation or savor over the hours with friends.
This morning, we are thrilled to be able to bring you four from their ace portfolio – all from 2020, all showcasing the sterling characteristics that have made Carillon one of the most underrated producers in the world.
In the Puligny-Montrachet Les Champs-Gain and the Puligny-Montrachet Clos du Vieux Château, we see two great and thrilling examples of their work at the higher end.
Jasper Morris of Inside Burgundy was high on both, deeming the former a potential 94-point wine, while giving the latter a potential 93 points and calling it “juicy with a little oak showing” and “less racy than the regular Puligny.”
Meanwhile, in the Bourgogne and Bourgogne Aligoté – both under $45 – we find exciting proof that, even at the lower end, Carillon’s dedication to craft remains sky-high.
Pedigree is not the provenance, simply, of the great estates of Bordeaux. The Carillon family has been growing grapes since the 16th century, and even occupies the same parcel of land in Puligny-Montrachet, almost equidistant between the church and the erstwhile nobles’ château.
In 2010, the estate was split between the two heirs, and François Carillon, who began working the vineyards in 1988, birthed his own label, François Carillon 1611.
Whites are Carillon’s metier, and over the past decade he has earned a significant reputation for his commitment to traditional methods and striving for purity of expression. His 16 acres of vineyard, located principally in Puligny-Montrachet, are farmed in strict accordance with the lutte raisonée philosophy, which limits intervention at nearly all costs. Ploughing is done largely by horse, all weed-killers are refused, and, to eliminate unwelcome vegetal intrusion in the wines, de-budding is rigorously pursued. In keeping with Burgundian tradition, fermentation occurs in small oak casks.
It's not for nothing that his wines are so often hailed for their purity, balance, and elegance.
What you will also pick up on, in these whites, is a deft use of oak and an exquisite minerality.
We can’t wait for you to discover for yourself how delicious, how pleasurable, and how eminently versatile these wines are.
We expect they’ll become regulars in your rotation, for years and years to come.
All four will be available at special Concierge Family pricing for the next week only, so order yours now!
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Late Fall/Winter 2022. With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in MI, NV, NY, or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, May 26, 2022.