2009 Grand Cru Domaine Chandon de Briailles
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In July more serious than the Maréchaudes, with density and tightness. Vigourous and powerful, very energetic and good acidity giving a real shine to the fruit. By September rich sweet fruit, mixed with a bif savoury depth. Seems a bit simple, but then the brightness in the finish brings a smile to the face - fab. L&S (Dec 2010)
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Domaine Chandon de Briailles
One of the great family domaines of the Côte d'Or, housed in the remarkable manor house at Savigny, with excellent holdings in Savigny itself and in neighbouring Pernand and on the hill of Corton. Organic since 1988 and, now, biodynamic (fully certified by Demeter and Ecocert). It is run by brother and sister François and Claude de Nicolaÿ. As François explains, they do not make 'bêtes de concours' or competition wines, but ones you drink. They have over the last few years progressed the renewal of the barrels of the domaine - there is still very little actual new wood, 5% new wood on the premiers crus, and 10% on the Grands crus, but they have replaced the oldest barrels which they have come to understand did have an effect of closing the wines down.
There is an attractive freshness on the nose with a mix of black and red fruits. Sweetness gives some weight in the middle but towards the back it is fresher and lighter but with lots of lovely fragrances. 2013-20 Rating: 92 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
(three separate plantings with an average vine age of about 35 years). This is also very ripe but here the cassis, violet and black berry aromas are noticeably fresher. The rich, intense and broad-shouldered flavors display a distinct mineral character and better elegance to the dense but fine tannins that shape the hugely long finish. This has the potential to be outstanding but it will require the better part of two decades to arrive at its peak. 2024+ Rating: 92-94 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (May 2011)
Good dark red. Dark, brooding aromas of cherry pit, botanical herbs, smoke and earth. Deep, energetic and penetrating, offering a beautiful combination of volume and focus. This very tactile wine boasts vibrant, highly perfumed flavors of black fruits, pepper and spices and finishes uncompromisingly dry, with firm tannins and superb cut and lift. Showed a riper aroma of strawberry jam after 24 hours in the recorked bottle without any loss of freshness. I'd lay this beauty down for at least six to eight years. Rating: 93(+?) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan 2011)
Dark, spicy, cherry fruit. Not yet expressive on the nose. Hint of mushrooms. Pretty austere and dry on the finish but obviously much more to come. A little bit severe even at this stage. 2016-2023 Rating: 16.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2011)
Very compact, dense and powerful. Firm and structural tannins. Good acidity. This is compact, battened down and muscular. There is a wild, spicy edge. Rich red and dense fruit, wild forest fruit. It is not too civilized….I do not see this as elegant at the moment. Vigour on the finish. This needs time to civilize. Fine+. From 2018 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Jan 2011)
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