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2012 - Domaine Francois Carillon, Bourgogne Aligote
- 83 NM
The 2012 Bourgogne Aligote will be the penultimate release since Francois is about to re-graft his two parcels with Chardonnay. “I cannot sell it,” he seemed to only half lament. It has a light bruised apple bouquet that feels stuck in second gear. The palate is clean and simple on the entry, but it is very primal on the finish and lacks length. Straight after visiting his brother Jacques, I crossed the road to visit Domaine Francois Carillon. Francois began working with his father Louis at the domaine in 1988. While Jacques only sources fruit from his own vines, Francois’s modus operandi is slightly different since, as well as his own share of inherited vines, he vinifies fruit from contracted growers. He adopts a prudent approach to oak, adamantly stating that he never uses more than 25% and he did not purchase any new wood in 2012. His was a decent set of 2012s, although in this vintage they did not quite achieve the rarefied heights of his brother’s portfolio that generally demonstrated more precision and mineralite.