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Chandon de Briailles Savigny Les Beaune Les Lavieres Rouge 2015

Chandon de Briailles Savigny Les Beaune Les Lavieres Rouge 2015

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A single plot, mid-slope with a lot of limestone in the soil, Les Lavières comes from the word "lave" which was the term used in the past to describe the flat limestone tiles used on local roofs. The name gives you a clue as to the nature of the soil whereby 30 cm of top soil quickly gives way to the mother rock of fragmented limestone. Chandon has a 2.6 hectare plot here with massale selection vines which were planted in 1956. These vines always produce a vibrant, perfumed and energetic style of Savigny. The 2015 is an exciting and surprisingly dense, ripe example of this terroir with deep cherry and dark chocolate fruit and plenty of rocky tannins and earthy mineral freshness. The vines were cropped at a very low 25 hectolitres per hectare (explaining the richness) and 40% whole bunches. A very strong Les Lavières!

'Discreet wood and menthol notes frame the very ripe aromas of cassis, violet, earth and spice. There is once again excellent richness, volume and sappy dry extract to the middle weight plus flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the refined and impressively long finish. This is certainly quite ripe but there is good tension and this should amply repay extended cellaring. " 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