Domaine Chandon de Briailles 2014 'Les Marechaudes' Corton Grand Cru, Burgundy, France

Domaine Chandon de Briailles 2014 'Les Marechaudes' Corton Grand Cru, Burgundy, France

Domaine Chandon de Briailles

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Domaine Chandon de Briailles 2014 'Les Marechaudes' Corton Grand Cru, Burgundy, France

  • Winemaker: François and Claude de Nicolay
  • Farming: Biodynamic
  • Variety: Pinot Noir
  • Terroir: 0.4 ha of vines planted in 1974 and 1979 on the lower mid-slope, under the Corton Bressandes and beside the Corton Vergennes, it is shallow limestone terroir facing due east and offers early ripening. No oenological products (other than sulphur in very small quantities) are used (no tartaric acid, no non-indigenous yeasts, nor tannin powder, nor enzymes.)
  • Vinification: Fermentation starts off naturally a few days after harvesting. This is followed at the beginning by daily pumping over, then by manual punching-down.
  • Tasting Note: Much elegance is found in this wine which has the particularity of being suitable for tasting young. Said to be feminine for its finesse and freshness but also for its soft structure and velvety texture.
    Even if it is tempting to drink it in its 3rd or 4th year, it is preferable to keep it 8 to 15 years.
  • 2014 Vintage Notes: A precocious spring led to an early growing cycle. Unfortunately a cold snap set upon the flowering, which took away hopes of good yields. Vines were then hit by hail on the 28th of June the storm fell from Meursault, corton, lowering yet again the quantity of grapes. We harvested from the 18th to 26th september, with half the normal crop though picking at perfect ripeness. The reds have a great aromatic complexity and silky tannins, whites have freshness and a density. The wines are tasting very well at the moment.

In a region like Burgundy, where centuries of strict rules of inheritance have carved up vineyard land into miniscule parcels, Domaine Chandon de Briailles is a gem, having been run continuously by the de Nicolay family since 1834. In addition to their strong viticulture heritage in Burgundy, the de Nicolays also have familial ties to the famous Champagne house Moët et Chandon. Chandon de Briailles farms 13.7 hectares of vineyards in some of the Côte de Beaune’s most prestigious terroirs: Savigny-lès-Beaune, Pernand-Vergelesses, Aloxe-Corton, Corton and Corton-Charlemagne.

Today, the brother-and-sister team of François and Claude de Nicolay show incredible commitment and know-how, weaving their own list of accomplishments into the domaine’s history. Most notably, the two began converting the vineyards to biodynamic farming in 2005—then a rarity in Burgundy where the humidity makes such practices a challenge—and received official Demeter certification for the 2011 vintage. Like others in Burgundy who are making such healthy choices in their vineyard management, the de Nicolays have seen an increase in the acidity levels of the grapes. Yields here average a mere 30 hectoliters per hectare.

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