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Domaine Chandon de Briailles
Savigny-Les-Beaune, Beaune, Bourgogne, France
The de Nicolay family have owned this Domaine since 1834. More recently, it has been transformed into a producer of distinction by Claude and her mother Nadine de Nicolay. Claude gained her diploma in oenology and viticulture in Dijon but also spent some time in New Zealand and Oregon and is considered to be a very fine winemaker.
From the mid-eighties the domaine became organic and is now entirely biodynamic. Claude is married to Frederic Drouhin who is the head of the negociant house Joseph Drouhin in Beaune. There are 14 crus including four whites vinifiedonatotalof13.7hectaresofvinessharedequallyamongstthethreevillagesofSavigny-les-Beaune,Pernard- Vergelesses andAloxe-Corton.
The grapes are all hand-harvested and vinified traditionally. The Grand Cru Cortons are all whole bunch pressed with lessersteminclusionforthelighterwinessuchastheSavignys.Oakinfluenceinthewinesisminimal as Claudelikes to express the purity of the wine. As a consequence, some of the barrels in useare25yearsold,andthedomaineannuallypurchasesonlyeightnewbarrels.Theredwinesareveryfineandnotedfor their depth and length of palate. As with the whites, they are only fined and filtered if Claude considers it necessary. All thewinesindividuallyreflecttherespectiveterroirsofthecrusandoverallrepresentBurgundyofthehighestquality.
The New Zealand agency is available exclusively through Peter Maude Fine Wines.