Domaine Michel Caillot
France, Bourgogne, Côte de Beaune
The Caillot domaine was established in the village of Meursault by Roger Caillot, the father of Michel. The estate includes 13 hectares of vineyards, seven in white wines and six in red, ranging from 25-70 years of age. The focus of white wine production is in Meursault with some production in Puligny Montrachet, Batard Montrachet and Santenay. The reds are located in Pommard, Volnay, Beaune and Monthelie.
Roger’s son Michel began working in the vineyards in the late 1980’s and took over elevage in the mid 1990’s. Under Michel’s management, the Caillot estate practices organic agriculture but is not certified. Through pruning and green harvest, yields are kept low at the level of 25-40 hectolitres per hectare.
In the cellar, Michel is a fanatic for quality and practices natural winemaking. Fermentation is accomplished with whole clusters and natural, wild yeasts. The winery has 3 levels to facilitate all movement of wine by gravity. The wines are kept on their lies as long as possible and racked once before bottling. The whites are fined, but not filtered, and aged in 10-30% new barrels except for the 1er and grand cru which see 50-70% new barrels. The reds are not fined or filtered and everything is bottled by hand. Interesting to note, the cellar is so cold that primary fermentation lasts until April and malolactic fermentation the next summer. As a result, the wines are released two years after most of the other estates.
Michel’s wines have a distinct house style. The whites are beautifully balanced combining aromas of lemon zest and spice and vanilla toast with the fascinating minerality of the soil, a fine, creamy texture and a crisp, long and complex finish. The oak remains in the background and the individual character of the different terroirs is allowed to show through. The reds are smooth and supple with pure berry and cherry aromas, round tannins and a crisp, clean finish.
|Wine||Varietals||Vine Age||Soil Type||Farming Type|
|Bourgogne Pinot Noir||Pinot Noir|
|Bourgogne "Le Herbeux"|
|Meursault Clos du Cromin|
|Meursault "La Barre Dessus Clos Marguerite"|
|Meursault "Les Tessons"|
|Santenay Les Bras|