2010 Grand Cru Domaine Chandon de Briailles
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Tasted from barrel two weeks after a racking, it was supple, with complex hedgerow fruit, a tightly woven texture and fine juicy length. In London in January it showed more richness of body and impressive length, even if still on the elegant side of Corton. L&S (Jan 2012)
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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.
The nose has all the floral fragrances of red fruits backed by some richer red and black cherry. The palate starts quite firm sweeter in the middle with enough freshness at the back to give the long finish an appealing elegance. 2014-22 Rating: 93 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
(three separate plantings with an average vine age of about 35 years). Reduction impairs an evaluation of the nose but there is good verve to the relatively finely detailed but broad-shouldered flavors that ooze a noticeable minerality on the tension-filled finish that is not particularly long due, most probably, to the presence of a highly level of gas. There appears to be excellent underlying material along with solid phenolic maturity of the structural components but this is very awkward today. Given the quality of the basic raw material here, as well as the outstanding track record of this wine, my range offers the benefit of the doubt. 2025+ Rating: 91-94 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2012)
(vinified with 80% whole clusters; this was racked and then returned to barrel): Good bright red. Raspberry, strawberry, coffee and smoke on the nose. Rich, fine-grained and pliant; wonderfully silky and sweet but with superb building energy on the back half. A Corton grand cru of noteworthy finesse, finishing with terrific spicy lift and a strong impression of soil. Rating: 92 - 95 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan 2012)
Rating: 17.5 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jan 2012)
Firm but very fine-grained tannins and a savoury element in the middle and also scented. Long and fragrant finish. 2017-2030 Rating: 17.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2012)
Up hill with more limestone and rocks which is why they planted Chardonnay in the top part. Racked because of the late MLF. This has a more complex aroma, raspberry fruit and spice. Svelte and energetic. It has vigour and refinement. Straight, channelled and well defined palate coursing with fresh acidity and minerality. Supple tannins. Lovely intensity and depth. It has vigour with elegance and restraint. Very long on the finish. I do like the balance and harmony and cool sappy minerality the end. Refined Bressandes. Very fine. From 2019 Rating: 19 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Jan 2012)
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