In a nutshell: An exemplary and good value Côte de Beaune red from a sometimes undervalued village
The lowdown: This is the only red wine made by renowned Puligny-Montrachet producer Jacques Carillon from his Saint-Aubin vineyard. The Carillons have made wine in this area since the 16th century and this, their elegant and classic red, comes from the small village of Saint-Aubin situated next to Puligny and Chassagne Montrachet from where his whites are made. The grapes come from steep, limestone-rich, south facing vineyards and have been aged in barrels for a year before another 6 months in stainless steel. The result is a clean and linear Pinot Noir with an excellent taut, minerally backbone, concentrated red berry fruits, nice warming touches of spice and hints of earthiness.
When to drink: With its slightly smoky and savoury edge it'll go well with full flavoured pork and beef recipes.
The Carillon family has been making wine in the Côte de Beaune village of Puligny-Montrachet since the 16th century.
The current domaine is in the hands of Jacques Carillon. And while his vineyard holdings are quite small at just over 5 hectares they are some of the best sites to be found in Puligny and Chassagne. All his wine are barrel fermented and aged in a mix of new and re-fill oak prior to further maturation in stainless steel. Overall the style is classic white Burgundy; wines built to age with a winning combination of ripe fruit and vibrant acidity.