2013 1er Cru Île de Vergelesses Domaine Chandon de Briailles
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
|Vineyard||Île de Vergelesses|
A mere 12 hl/ha. Less in the juicy red fruit spectrum, there is more black fruit depth here. Again nice weight and tension, finish beautifully juicy. Drinking range: 2018 - 2024 L&S (Nov 2014)
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A round, fruity example, this shows pure cherry, with hints of raspberry, spice and flowers. Gains breadth and richness, expanding on the spice- and tobacco-tinged finish. Drinking range: 2018 - 2027 Rating: 90 Bruce Sanderson, The Wine Spectator (May 2016)
(a mix of vine ages though the oldest date from 1938). Reduction. The texture of the middle weight flavors is palpably finer and more evidently mineral-inflected as well and though there is better definition on the energetic finish that is solidly complex, the dryness is presently enough to negatively affect the balance. Again I stress that the gas renders this hard to assess but the dryness of the tannins is a concern. 2019+ Rating: 86-89 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2015)
Rating: 17.5+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jan 2015)
(just 5% new oak in 2013, down from a normal 10%): Good deep red. Piquant lift to the aromas of musky minerals, flowers and pepper. Shows a restrained sweetness and a fine-grained texture, along with a touch of flinty minerality. Finishes with smooth tannins but a touch of astringency. Drinking range: 2021 - 2028 Rating: 89-91 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Jan 2015)
The greatest loss hail. 3/4 through MLF. In this we can see the flowers on the aroma. Very pretty. Red fruit, more lifted pinot purity. Silky tannins on the front palate; light and elegant. It had a finesses; the acidity sits neatly in the wine and comes through on the finish, where it is joined with cool minerals. This is much finer. Rating: 18 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 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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