Wine lovers go through a bevy of emotions when the word Burgundy is uttered. Burgundy, the epitome of refinement and elegance while being fickle and elusive, can take you through the emotional highs and lows like no other wine region. The excitement of obtaining that small-production bottle in a classic year. The anticipation of popping the cork while it lays quietly in your cellar, and the uncertainty of the right moment to open your little gem. However, when the worlds align and you do decide the time is right, you experience the exhilarating thrill as the wine opens up more and more with every minute, and every sip can be a truly incomparable experience. All of us Burgundy Geeks are searching for that special wine and right moment so we can experience that feeling once again, and personally many of those bottles have been from Chandon de Briailles. This Cote d'Or producer has been a house favorite here at PJ's Wine for some time now. We have curated a nice collection of their wines and are reducing prices so that more of our clients can become better acquainted with the superb work they are doing.
Domaine Chandon de Briailles has been in the ownership of the same family since 1834. The Count Aymard-Claude de Nicolay inherited it from his grandmother, Countess Chandon de Briailles, herself related to the famous champagne house of Moët et Chandon. Situated four kilometers north of Beaune in Côte d'Or. Its surface extends over 13.7 hectares (34 acres) shared equally amongst the three villages of Savigny-lès-Beaune, Pernand-Vergelesses and Aloxe-Corton. The Domain produces on average 50,000 bottles per year, of which 60% are exported.
Vinified and aged in the purest Burgundian tradition, their wines express themselves with great freshness and reflect their terroir and climate of origin. "We want each of our wines to express its terroir and its vintage, through its aromatic expression but also through its texture and the quality of its tannins." - Winery
The entirety of the domaine reformed to bio-dynamic farming in 2008, therefore no herbicide, pesticide, nor insecticide is used in the vineyards. They believe this gives birth to grapes that are well-balanced, very ripe and full of energy that will be capable of making excellent wines; faithful to their appellations, pure and seductive. The aim is not to be heavily involved in the process of vinification and ageing of the wines, but simply to guide Nature.
Burghound 89-91 pts
This is also quite expressive with its perfumed essence of various red berries, dried flowers and mineral hints. There is a seductive mouth feel to the delicious flavors that are blessed with good dry extract quantities that buffer the relatively fine tannins and impart a sappy character to the lingering finish that displays no rusticity or austerity. This is really quite pretty and finer than it normally is."
Wine Spectator 89 pts
Spice and earth notes flank a core of cherry in this juicy red, which shows firm grip on the finish, with solid length and a chalky aftertaste. Best from 2016 through 2023. 734 cases made
Burghound 92 pts
Here the nose plays right on the edge of reduction though not so much that the pretty mélange of dark currant, lilac, earth and spice hints are completely masked. I would however suggest decanting this if you're tempted to try a bottle upon release. Otherwise there is plenty of verve to the beautifully detailed and notably saline middle weight flavors that deliver excellent persistence on the firm, mildly austere and balanced finish. Like the Fourneaux there is a backend hint of bitter cherry but it shouldn't last. Sweet Spot!"
Burghound 92-94 pts
This is more aromatically elegant than the Maréchaudes with an airy nose of various red berries along with moderate amounts of spice, floral and earth nuances. There is more tension if not more size and weight to the delicious mineral-inflected flavors that possess a lovely vibrancy, all wrapped in a tight and persistent but not especially austere finish. Indeed this is relatively approachable in the context of the appellation yet it should also age very well if desired.
Wine Spectator 94 pts
This needs air to reveal the deep cherry and raspberry flavors. Pure, with mineral and earth details adding grace notes. Though balanced, this will require time for the structure and flavors to meld. Fine length
Wine Spectator 95 pts
This starts out rich, open and soft, with lemon oil, apple and almond flavors, but turns more austere as the structure shows up on the finish. Less oaky than its peers, presenting a lingering aftertaste of lemon and spice. Best from 2019 through 2028. 197 cases made.