A perfume-like nose, with notes of red and black berries: cherry, raspberry, blackcurrant, a hint of undergrowth... Palate: fluid, smooth and balanced, with acidity and tannins that promise very interesting ageing potential... A wine to (re)discover now or in 10 years time!
François de Nicolay
François de Nicolay, child of the ‘70 vintage and head of Domaine Chandon de Briailles, today embodies the renewal of this historic estate, straddling the line between modernity and respect for tradition. A family property since 1834, located four kilometres north of Beaune, the estate extends over 13.7 hectares in the communes of Savigny-Lès-Beaune, Pernand-Vergelesses and Aloxe-Corton. After graduating from business school and several experiences in Europe, the United States and Hong Kong, François began a gradual return to the family business, by undertaking a winemaking internship in Oregon. He’d then open a wine shop in Paris, distributing the wines from his family’s estate and other great Burgundian names. He finally left the capital in 2001 in order to devote himself entirely to the Domaine, whose reputation was obviously already well established... Yet the arrival of François and his sister Claude at Chandon de Briailles has injected new life into the estate: since introducing biodynamic viticulture at the estate in 2005, a resolve to respect the grapes and embrace sulphur-free vinification are just a couple of the elements driving this complementary duo as they seek to reveal the particularity of each of their climats, vintage after vintage.
A rich nose with notes of red and black fruits: blackberry, blackcurrant, leather, undergrowth... Palate: balanced, mellow, with beautiful finesse, and very lovely length on the palate. One of our great favourites, a wine which will express itself even better after a few years in the cellar.
A complex nose typical of the appellation, with a strongly identifiable character, and notes of black cherry, strawberry compote, rosemary, slightly wild hints of leather, tobacco... Palate: pure and structured, long finish... A very nice cuvée.
A wine of great finesse and power, black fruit notes and strong mineral character. Such an exceptional vintage that it would be a shame not to wait a short decade before starting to taste it... Patience!
A splendid nose with notes of red and black fruits, and hints of undergrowth... Palate: racy, structured, rich, with great length on the palate, and a mineral, sapid finish. Astonishing. We’ll have to wait a few years before this cuvée reaches its peak.