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Chandon de Briailles Corton Marechaudes Rouge 2015

Chandon de Briailles Corton Marechaudes Rouge 2015

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This is Corton’s lowest-lying Grand Cru and takes its name from marécage, or marsh, that could once be found at the base of the slope—the area around here (lower Aloxe-Corton) was drained many moons ago. It is a walled site, i.e. a genuine clos, located on the lower eastern-facing slopes, under the Corton-Bressandes and nuzzling the Corton-Vergennes. The Domaine farms 1.45 hectares here. This is a shallow soiled terroir with iron-rich, clay heavy soils and the Domaine’s holdings were planted between 1974 and 1979. When young, Maréchaudes is always the most forward and seductive example ofChandon’s mighty trio of Corton (rouge) wines although the 2015 is a very powerful example of this terroir. It’s a dense and somewhat chewy Corton rouge although there are also seductive florals and liqueur-like, plummy fruit that emerges with air. The finish is long and complex with saline, and ferrous notes. 70 - 80% whole bunches were used.

“This too manages to be at once very ripe but attractively fresh with its liqueur-like aromas of dark currant, plum, lilac and warm earth. The powerful yet sleek medium weight plus flavors brim with dry extract thanks to the concentrated amount of sappy dry extract that imparts a velvety mouth feel to the hugely long finale. This is less rustic than it usually is though with that said, it's less refined than its two big boy stablemates.” 91-94 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, Issue 66

- Importer Note

In Burgundy, where they don't mind waiting for wines to mature, this classical, Savigny based grower has long been considered one of the reference estates. Yet, while these perfumed, graceful and structured wines remain a yardstick for classically-styled red Burgundies, recent years have witnessed subtle changes in both the vineyards and cellars that is now resulting in wines that are far more seductive in their youth.

But first the basics: Chandon de Briailles is a 13-hectare, biodynamic domaine with important Corton, Corton-Charlemagne, Savigny-lès-Beaune and Pernand Vergelesses holdings. It is owned by Comte Aymar and Nadine de Nicolaï, Nadine's daughter Claude oversees all aspects winemaking, together with their talented new Australian cellarmaster Christian Knott, while her cousin's husband, François Grangé, is in charge of the vineyards.

The skilfully tended, long time organic vineyards have been managed biodynamically for a few years now and were certified from the 2011 harvest. There is also a horse used for ploughing in order to minimise compaction. The impact of such practices is always difficult to quantify precisely yet there is no question that the vineyards are today delivering a brighter fruit profile with more intensity and flesh. Another recent change has been to the oak regime. While new oak remains forbidden, François and Claude de Nicolaï and their new cellar master have lowered the average age of their barrels by eradicating many of the truly ancient casks and replacing them with 1, 2 and 3 year old oak from benchmark Domaines. Finally, from 2010 the Domaine has instituted a more restrained use of whole bunches. As one of Burgundy's most faithful advocates of whole bunch usage, this last point may worry lovers of this historically conservative Domaine. Fear not; the wines of Chandon de Briailles are every bit as understated, elegant and poised as they always were, and stems remain very much part of the classical architecture of these wines. It simply means that now the wines' abundant structure is matched with a little more colour, texture and approachability. - Importer Note

Product Type Wine Red Pinot Noir
Volume 750ml
Country France
Region Burgundy
Sub Region Corton
Winemaking Practices Minimal Intervention
Vineyard Practices Organic/Biodynamic