Chandon de Briailles’ picturesque Domaine (on the Rue Soeur Goby) in Savigny les Beaune

The Lovely 2013 Burgundies of Chandon de Briailles (and some stately 2012s).

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At Chambers Street Wines, we have had the great fortune to work with a number of fabulous organic growers over the years. With our mandate of supporting good farming and traditional wine-making, offering the Burgundies from Domaine Chandon de Briailles is a distinct pleasure. Based in the village of Savigny-lès-Beaune with vines in Corton and Pernand-Vergelesses, the estate has roots going back to 1834. Claude de Nicolay, along with her brother François de Nicolay, fashion pure, old-school, age-worthy Burgundy. The vineyard work has been organic since the 1980s and certified biodynamic since 2005 with vines replanted with massale selection. Yields are kept low to express the terroir of each vineyard. In most vintages the estate uses whole cluster fermentation to add a layer of structure to ensure ageability, though the regimen can be modified depending on vintage character. Wine making is ultra-traditional with fermentations begun with native yeasts in tank, long elevages, with minimal influence of new oak, and bottling without fining or filtration. This light and deft hand brings out the distinctive character of each vineyard.

The 2013 vintage was a difficult one in Burgundy. Flowering was spare, weather was cool, and a large hail storm, in late July, did substantial damage to the vineyards in Savigny-lès-Beaune and Pernand-Vergelesses. Some vineyards lost up to 95% of their fruit and overall yields were down 75%. With normal vintages producing 100 barrels, 2013 yielded just 25; leading Claude de Nicolay to refer to it as the “virtual vintage.” The coolness of the vintage led to a long hang time for the grapes with the harvest running from October 10th  thru the 16th. Yet despite the travails of the growing season, the fruit that was brought in was lovely. The wines after an especially long elevage are pretty, with great purity of fruit, if not massive concentration. They should drink on the earlier side and express the delicacy of Pinot Noir fruit and terroir. For those seeking greater power, structure, and longevity we have some of the magnificent 2012s remaining in stock which are fantastic candidates for long-term aging.  -John McIlwain

 

 

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Chandon de Briailles 2013 Savigny-les-Beaune

Only two barrels produced in 2013. Completely destemmed. Malolactic fermentation took 1-1/2 years. Another victim of what Claude de Nicolay refers to as the 2013 "virtual vintage," when the overall production feel from 100 barrels to 25. The wine they did produce is quite pretty, detailed, and pure-fruited. Bright and energetically perfumed with pure red raspberry and red currant fruit, herbal inflection, and savory earth notes lending intrigue. The palate is cool-toned with fine energy expressed in more cool-toned red fruit, mineral notes, and nervy acidity on the medium-length sapid finish. This is a fine villages and offers a good value. John McIlwain

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Chandon de Briailles 2013 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Fournaux

From 60+ year-old vines. Completely destemmed in 2013 with only 3 barrels produced. From deep ferruginous clay soils, Fornaux typically produces darker fruited, deep colored, and somewhat more rustic wines of the 1er crus at Chandon de Briailles. The 2013 Fornaux shows dark cherry, blackberry, and balsam on the nose. Black hedge fruits, hints of plum, crushed herbs, and notes of mint feature on the medium-bodied, decidedly cooler register palate. The mid-palate has good texture within the context of the vintage with sappy fruits, savory tannins, and good freshness on the finish. Enjoyable now with some time in the decanter, better still with 3-7 years in the cellar. John McIlwain

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Chandon de Briailles 2013 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Les Vergelesses

Situated beneath the Ile de Vergelesses vineyard and marking the beginning of the east-facing slope of Pernand-Vergelesses, Les (Basses) Vergelesses has deeper soils composed of iron rich clay. The vines date from 1956 and went from typically low yields to downright miniscule in 2013 with production nearly 70% down from a typical vintage. The grapes were harvested in mid-October and fermented with natural yeasts in open concrete tanks before being put in 15% new oak barrels. The malolactic fermentations were exceptionally slow and long, some lasting over a year and a half.

Despite the travails of the vintage, Chandon de Briailles made some lovely wines; just not in quantity. Les Vergelesses is showing attractive hi-toned black cherry fruit with a nice counterbalance of of ferrous earthiness. The palate has become more integrated since tasting in the cellar back in April and the suppleness of the fruit is highlighted by the fine structural detail of both ripe tannins and lively acid. Chandon de Briailles has judiciously ramped back the stem inclusion in 2013 resulting in Burgundy of pure pretty fruit and earthiness without looking for over-extraction. This is a touch more generous than the Ile de Vergelesses and is a good candidate for midterm-cellaring. John McIlwain

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Chandon de Briailles 2013 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses

Organic since the 1980s and biodynamic for 10 years, Chandon de Briailles makes beautifully tradtional, age-worthy Burgundies. From a mix of old vines dating from 1938 and averaging 40 years old. The eastern facing vineyard of Ile de Vergelesses is composed of iron-rich limestone clays and marl, somewhat akin to the geology of Corton Charlemagne, without quite the aspect or altitude of the grand cru. The climat produces wines of medium weight with great detail and longevity.

The 2013 Ile des Vergelesses is effusive and floral on the nose showing red hedge fruits and cool earthy notes. The palate is pretty with red cherry, and currant, baking spices and fine ripe tannins. While not as concentrated and tannic as some vintages, the overall impression is a suave and elegant expression of Pernand-Vergelesses' finest vineyard. John McIlwain

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