Domaine Michel Caillot

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Domaine Michel Caillot
About Winery

Maison Caillot was founded in 1961 by Roger Caillot, the father of Michel the current proprietor. The vineyard area covers approximately 13 hectares, and the average of vines is 40 years.

The Domaine is known for its production of Meursaults, Batard-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, Santenay, and Bourgogne Blanc. It is also worth noting its red wines from Pommard, Volnay, Monthelie, and Bourgogne Rouge.

Since the 1980’s, under the influence of Michel Caillot, the Domaine has been moving towards a controlled cultivation of vines and biological farming:  in other words no use of fertilizers and the use of organic materials only. Yields are moderate.

The method of vinification is traditional and geared towards long-keeping. The wines spend 11 months in oak (15% new oak depending on the appellation), then 11 months in tank in cool cellars with the minimum of intervention. These wines are authentic and reflect the individuality of the soil. The wines from the Domaine show best after 4 years.

Michel Caillot

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.

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