SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE
2012 1er Cru Lavières Domaine Chandon de Briailles
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
|Village||Savigny les Beaune|
Quite rich. Nice present tannins are finely textured, giving a density which is still brightly expressive. 'smoky spice from the subsoil' says Claude. L&S (Jan 2014)
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As is typically the case this is much more elegant with is airy, cool and pure nose of red currant, floral and discreet spice nuances that also display enough earth character to warrant mentioning. There is a lovely minerality and detail to the medium-bodied flavors that possess a touch of austerity on the balanced finish. This is an understated and restrained effort that should reward up to a decade of cellar time. 2020+ Rating: 90 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2014)
Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2014)
(vinified with 20% whole clusters): Medium red. High-pitched aromas of raspberry, rose petal, smoky minerals and blood orange. Brisk, shapely and delineated, with red fruit, floral and mineral flavors showing almost riesling-like citrus lift. A distinctly stony wine finishing with serious tannic reserve and strong minerality Rating: 90-92 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan 2014)
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.
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