Red, Ready, but will improve

2010 Pernand-Vergelesses, Ile-de- Vergelesses, Chandon de Briailles

2010 Pernand-Vergelesses, Ile-de- Vergelesses, Chandon de Briailles

Red | Ready, but will improve | Chandon de Briailles | Code:  15007 | 2010 | France > Burgundy > Cote de Beaune > Pernand Vergelesses | Pinot Noir | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 12.5 % alcohol


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BURGHOUND - A very pretty, indeed perfumed nose combines both red and dark berry fruit with plenty of earth nuances as well as a background hint of wet stone. There is fine complexity to the rich and voluminous flavors that also possess excellent cut and plenty of underlying tension before terminating in a firm, linear and moderately austere finish. This will need time to flesh out as it's decidedly compact today.
Allen Meadows, April 2012

The Producer

Chandon de Briailles

Chandon de Briailles

Domaine Chandon de Brialles has been owned and managed by the de Nicolay family since 1834. Chandon de Brialles has 13 hectares of vines which encompasses holdings in Aloxe- Corton, Corton, Savigny and Pernand-Vergelesses. Such appellations are often associated with wines that display a somewhat rustic, unpolished style but it is a testament to the de Nicolays' skill that such accusation could never be leveled at their wines.

François de Nicolay is winemaker, aided by sister Claude and the domaine's distinctive cellar master, Kojak. Since 1989 they have practiced organic viticulture, with a third of the domaine cultivated biodynamically. No new oak is used and the average barrel age is seven years. These are very graceful, elegant wines, without ostentation.

The Grape

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

The Region

Pernand Vergelesses

Pernand-Vergelesses is a beautiful, small village tucked away behind the hill of Corton. Coming from Beaune, you have the Vergelesses and excellent Ile des Vergelesses vineyards on your left, facing due east, and the Corton-Charlemagne vineyards on the right, facing south-west. The red wines of Pernand (60 percent of production), excepting the two Vergelesses vineyards, can be on the austere side while the whites are racy and mineral.

Pernand-Vergelesses is an excellent source for fine Burgundy at a relatively affordable price. Jadot have registered their own name, Le Clos de la Croix de Pierre (The Stone Cross), in a vineyard which is shown on the maps as En Caradeux, facing the mighty hill of Corton. The lower part of the slope is an excellent site for Pinot Noir, while whites are grown on lighter soils higher up.


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