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2006 Carillon Louis, Bienvenues-Bâtard-MontrachetMay. 2009
A whiff of SO2 defines the first interaction – it’s even still there after about 20 minutes in the glass but on a much lower level. The fading of the sulfur reveals a width of aromas and some very pretty higher tones and eventually a little caramel. For the vintage there’s very decent acidity and a really beautiful width of creamy, dreamy ripe fruit – it seems to go on and on. No fireworks – if anything it’s a little tight – but it’s a very, very competent demonstration of a grand cru.
2006 Carillon Louis, Puligny-MontrachetApr. 2009
Pale yellow. The nose starts with a waft of oak that subsides to brioche over an understated but slightly volatile pear-drops note. Good texture and lovely acidity, the fruit has a similar, slightly lifted pear fruit, but it’s largely buried by the toasty, savoury flavours in the mid-palate and a really good, sweeter length. The fruit is better – the volatility is gone – on day two, but the aromatics are slightly less good.
2006 Carillon Louis, Puligny-MontrachetDec. 2008
Pale yellow. The nose starts with a waft of oak that subsides to brioche over an understated but slightly volatile pear-drops note. Good texture and lovely acidity, the fruit has a similar, slightly lifted pear fruit, but it’s largely buried by the toasty, savoury flavours in the mid-palate and a really good, sweeter length. The fruit is better – the volatility is gone – on day two, but the aromatics are slightly less good.
2004 Carillon Louis, St.Aubin Les PitangeretsApr. 2008
Medium ruby red, already a little development at the rim. The nose starts a little like roast red tarts with an overlay of herbal, slightly cedarish notes. In the mouth there’s nice enough texture but the tannins coupled with the acidity will certainly make your mouth pucker – it’s an interesting contrast to the ripe fruit. A nice middle-weight wine with food, but more challenging without. I’m not unhappy to have drunk my first Pitangerets, though I’m not straining at the leash for the next, at least not from 2004…
2004 Carillon Louis, Puligny-MontrachetNov. 2006
Pale yellow. The nose launches forward with ripe, citrus edged fruit before settling into a more brioche dominated lime fruit. The palate retains the citrus edge to its sweet fruit, though the key attribute is the mouthwatering acidity. This wine exemplifies perfectly the vintage – lovely aromatics and fresh presentation – yet it also shows the achilles heel, just not quite enough density at the villages level for enjoying on its own – perfect with food though! One glass was left overnight in the open bottle in the refridgerator, it was as fresh as the night before.
1992 Carillon Louis, Puligny-Montrachet PerrièresJul. 2005
Medium-pale golden colour. The nose is quite wide, but not as exciting as the Remoissenet Montrachet that preceded it. However, fatter, denser, riper than the last wine. Less fireworks and complexity but still a very good length. Probably about it’s apogee.
2002 Carillon Louis, Chassagne-MontrachetMar. 2005
Medium, medium-plus colour – still young cherry-red. The nose is of creamy red cherry, perhaps a little soft and lactic. In the mouth it’s a fresh expression of black shaded fruit with a lovely creamy tinge to the medium-plus finish. Quite some personality here, fresh acidity and slightly grainy tannins – there’s a depth to the fruit that is not matched by intensity but I liked this anyway. Very nice with a pork joint.
2001 Carillon Louis, Côte de Beaune VillagesMar. 2004
Medium ruby with a bright cherry red rim. The nose is a tasty high toned red cherry and raspberry affair. The palate shows surprisingly intense red fruit, good fat and well mannered slightly drying tannins. The fat gives the impression that (maybe) the acidity is a little low, but this was perfect with Christmas dinner. A real find!
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