CORTON BRESSANDES

2012 Grand Cru Domaine Chandon de Briailles

EN PRIMEUR

Showing well for a couple of years now, open nose, rich and full, with good chewy black-cherry length. Of course it will keep, but this is good drinking.L&S (Mar 2020)

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Medium red. Black cherry and cranberry fruit aromas show an almost candied quality, with spice and stone nuances providing lift. Dark fruits perked up by white pepper and minerals on the intense palate. Finishes with pronounced minerality, excellent length and no hardness. I would not be surprised if this very precise wine shut down in the bottle. Drinking range: 2022 - 2034 Rating: 93+ Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Mar 2015)

(from three separate plantings that have an average vine age of ~35 years). This is more aromatically elegant than the Maréchaudes with an airy nose of various red berries along with moderate amounts of spice, floral and earth nuances. There is more tension if not more size and weight to the delicious mineral-inflected flavors that possess a lovely vibrancy, all wrapped in a tight and persistent but not especially austere finish. Indeed this is relatively approachable in the context of the appellation yet it should also age very well if desired. 2024+ Rating: 92-94 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2014)

Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2014)

Palish cherry-red. Aromas of strawberry, crushed stone and underbrush are accented by exotic spices. Juicy, tight and penetrating; on the lean side today but precise and minerally. More a wine of finish than the Marechaudes, which is more impressive on entry. Crushed stone and salty mineral notes on the long, subtle back end Rating: 92-94 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan 2014)

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.

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