Corton Blanc Grand Cru
The hill of Corton is famous mainly for it’s reds, the exception being white Corton Charlemagne. However, any chardonnay planted outside of the Charlemagne appellation can be labeled as Grand Cru Corton Blanc, without a vineyard designation. Corton Blanc is quite rare and per Remington Norman, the average total production per year is only 222 cases (Grand Cru). Chandon de Briailles chardonnay is planted in areas domainated by pinot noir; two thirds comes from the Bressandes vineyard and one third from Chaumes. An unusual chardonnay coming mainly from pinot noir soils, it’s quite rich, evoking yellow fruits such as peach and apricot and a touch of honey. Since 2011, the winery has been incorporating a small amount of new oak on this wine. In 2019, they used one new 1,000L Stockinger barrel and the remaining 50% of the fruit was aged in neutral barrels. Because of the size of the new barrel, you don't sense the 'new' oak flavor.