Chandon de Briailles

This historic estate was established in 1834. Claude de Nicolay took over from her mother as winemaker in 1988 and crafts traditionally styled wines from one of the Côte d'Or's great terroirs, the hill of Corton and its surrounding villages.  Corton is just north of Beaune and it's easy to spot, as it's a big hill with a forest on top. It's a limestone outcropping that is set apart from the main "cote" of the Cote de Beaune or Côte de Nuits. It is a bit of an anomaly in the Côte d'Or as the Grand Cru are named after the hill, rather than attached to a specific village. Three villages have vineyards that are a part of Corton: Aloxe, Ladoix, and Pernand-Vergelesses. Corton is the only place with red Grand Cru in the Côte de Beaune. 

At Chandon de Briailles, the vineyard management has been fully biodynamic since 2005 and organic since 1998. Claude's brother, Francois de Nicolay joined the domaine in 2001. 

In the cellar, no enological products are used (except for sulfur in very small quantities), no tartaric acid, no exogenous yeasts, no tannin powder, no enzymes, etc.  The Chandon de Briailles wines are quite unique in the fact that there is a negligible amount of new oak for aging and most wines are made with a whole-cluster fermentation.  The domaine has cut back on its use of whole cluster fermentation since 2011 and adapts vintage to vintage. The Savigny-les-Beaune village is typically de-stemmed and the premier cru and grand cru will have up to 100% whole cluster in a sunny year (with good phenolic maturity). Fermentations start naturally a few days after harvest in open top cement tanks. Aging is carried out in used barrels (up to eight years-old) and the wine are bottled without fining or filtration. Claude likes to describe her wines as having 'no make-up', referring to the lack of new oak.

John Gilman (View From the Cellar) wrote: “This domaine is quickly becoming one of the very finest to be found anywhere in the Côte D’Or...these are great, classically styled, terroir-driven red and white Burgundies that age brilliantly, and are among the treasures to be found in the Côte de Beaune for those adventurous enough to try a few bottles.”

 

You can visit her very nice and informative website here.

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB6624-16
Biodynamic
Corton Blanc Grand Cru
2016
Chardonnay
The winemakers' mother, Nadine, decided to plant Chardonnay in the Corton Bressandes vineyard because she wanted to have some Chardonnay to... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6623-16
Biodynamic
Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru Les Valozières
2016
Pinot Noir
Very Limited; Please Inquire. This Premier Cru lies beneath the Corton Bressandes and next to the Corton Paulands, both Grands... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6626-16
Biodynamic
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru
2016
Chardonnay France Burgundy

DB6623-15
Biodynamic
Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru Les Valozières
2015
Pinot Noir
Very Limited; Please Inquire. This Premier Cru lies beneath the Corton Bressandes and next to the Corton Paulands, both Grands... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6650-14
Biodynamic
Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Blanc "La Vie Est Belle"
2014
Pinot Blanc
A playful cuvée which diverges from the traditional wines of the domaine, this is a Pinot Blanc from Pernand-Vergelesses Ile des... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6141-15
Biodynamic
Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses
2015
Pinot Noir
In Remington Norman and Charles Taylor's book, The Great Domaines of Burgundy, Les Vergelesses and Ile des Vergelesses are described as top... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6628-15
Biodynamic
Corton Les Maréchaudes Grand Cru
2015
Pinot Noir
Maréchaudes is a part of the Aloxe commune, which is tiny with only 100 residents! Located just below Corton Bressandes, the vineyards have... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6624-15
Biodynamic
Corton Blanc Grand Cru
2015
Chardonnay
The winemakers' mother, Nadine, decided to plant Chardonnay in the Corton Bressandes vineyard because she wanted to have some Chardonnay to... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6625-15
Biodynamic
Corton Bressandes Grand Cru
2015
Pinot Noir
This cuvée comes from 4 parcels situated mid-slope and spread in homogenous fashion over the whole appellation. The soils are deep and made... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6635-15
Biodynamic
Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er cru Les Lavières
2015
Pinot Noir
Mid-slope and predominantly limestone (Lavières comes from the word "lave" which here has nothing volcanic about it but was the term used... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6640-14
Biodynamic
Savigny-lès-Beaune
2014
Pinot Noir
Located in the northern vineyard of Savigny-lès-Beaune, the vineyards are found between the villages of Savigny and Aloxe-Corton. Limestone... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6631-14
Biodynamic
88 VM
Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Les Vergelesses
2014
Pinot Noir
Situated on the lower, predominantly clay, part of the slope, this parcel faces east and was planted in 1954 in deep, iron-rich soil. 
France Burgundy

DB6141-14
Biodynamic
89+ VM
Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses
2014
Pinot Noir
In Remington Norman and Charles Taylor's book, The Great Domaines of Burgundy, Les Vergelesses and Ile des Vergelesses are described as top... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6628-14
Biodynamic
Corton Les Maréchaudes Grand Cru
2014
Pinot Noir
Maréchaudes is a part of the Aloxe commune, which is tiny with only 100 residents! Located just below Corton Bressandes, the vineyards have... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6626-15
Biodynamic
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru
2015
Chardonnay
SOLD OUT. Vintage Notes from the winery: "A precocious spring led to an early growing cycle. Unfortunately a cold snap... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6625-14
Biodynamic
91+ VM
Corton Bressandes Grand Cru
2014
Chardonnay
This cuvée comes from 4 parcels situated mid-slope and spread in homogenous fashion over the whole appellation. The soils are deep and made... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6624-14
Biodynamic
91 VM, 91 BH, 95 WS
Corton Blanc Grand Cru
2014
Chardonnay
The winemakers’ mother, Nadine, decided to plant Chardonnay in the Corton Bressandes vineyard because she wanted to have some Chardonnay to... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6040-15
Biodynamic
Pernand-Vergelesses Blanc 1er Cru Ile de Vergelesses
2015
Chardonnay
Clay and limestone; more clayey at the bottom of the parcel and very calcareous at the top. Elevation mid-slope. Vintage notes from the... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6628-13
Biodynamic
Corton Les Maréchaudes Grand Cru
2013
Pinot Noir
Maréchaudes is a part of the Aloxe commune, which is tiny with only 100 residents! Located just below Corton Bressandes, the vineyards have... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6141-15
Biodynamic
Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses
2015
Pinot Noir
In Remington Norman and Charles Taylor's book, The Great Domaines of Burgundy, Les Vergelesses and Ile des Vergelesses are described as top... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6631-13
Biodynamic
Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Les Vergelesses
2013
Pinot Noir
Situated on the lower, predominantly clay, part of the slope, this parcel faces east and was planted in 1954 in deep, iron-rich soil.     
France Burgundy

DB6627-13
Biodynamic
Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru
2013
Pinot Noir
Very close to Corton Charlemagne, this is a terroir high on the hillside, very steep and made up of clay-limestone marls containing a... Read More
France Burgundy