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Chandon de Briailles Savigny les Beaune Aux Fourneaux Rouge 2015

Chandon de Briailles Savigny les Beaune Aux Fourneaux Rouge 2015

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This fine 1er cru lies on the Pernand-Vergelesses side of the village, and is thought to have earned its name, 'place of the ovens', because the village's communal stoves were housed here. But this is speculation. Aux Fourneaux is a low-lying vineyard with an easterly exposure. The soil has deep, rich, clay and fragmented limestone, and the vines are 60+ years old (planted in 1956). Chandon de Briailles has a 1.68 hectare parcel, cultivated for them by Tomoko Kuriyama of Chantêreves. In 2015 there was 40% whole bunches used and no new oak. The resulting wine is super fresh, smoky and red fruited with floral notes and red cherry fruits. Definitely fleshier than the 2014 but with lovely line and fine tannins.

'This displays an aromatic profile that is similar to the villages yet one that is definitely more complex. There is a smoky character to the exceptionally rich and overtly powerful medium weight flavors that remain relatively refined on the mouth coating and mildly warm finale. This is firm but should drink reasonably well on the younger side if preferred. " 90-92 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, Issue 66

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 Savigny les Beaune
Winemaking Practices Minimal Intervention
Vineyard Practices Organic/Biodynamic